The Greatest "Indian Ocean" Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 268 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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Indian Ocean

The "Indian Ocean" category for books encompasses a diverse range of literature that is either set in or pertains to the regions bordering the Indian Ocean, the cultures and histories of its peoples, and the myriad interactions that have taken place across its waters. This genre includes historical accounts of trade and colonialism, narratives of migration and diaspora, studies of marine biology and environmental science, as well as fictional works that capture the myriad stories and mythologies rooted in the coastal societies from East Africa to the shores of Western Australia, and from the Arabian Peninsula to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The Indian Ocean serves as a backdrop for tales of exploration, a crossroads for the exchange of ideas and goods, and a rich setting for stories of conflict, cooperation, and transformation that have shaped the world as we know it today.

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  1. 1. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

    "Sea of Poppies" is a historical novel set in the 1830s, just before the Opium Wars. It traces the intertwined lives of a diverse group of characters, from a raja turned convict, a widowed poppy grower, a French orphan, to a mulatto American freedman, all of whom are brought together on the Ibis, a former slave ship now used for transporting opium. The story explores the social and economic impact of the opium trade, colonialism, and the caste system, while also delving into the personal histories, relationships, and struggles of the characters.

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