At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its purpose, to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars.
As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time... read more
“...the Ibis was not a ship like any other; in her inward reality she was a vehicle of transformation, travelling through the mists of illusion towards the elusive, ever-receding landfall that was Truth.”
“Having lost everything he owned, he had no qualms in using their new-found friendship to his advantage”
“But these gentle shivers would mount in intensity till they became so violent as to tip him off his charpoy, depositing his convulsing body on the ground”
“My present zemindary consists of no more than a toilet bucket and a set of rusty chains”
“Are not all appearances deceptive, in the end? Whatever there is within us - whether good or bad, or neither - its existence will continue uninterrupted, will it not, no matter what the drape of our clothes, or the colour of our skin?”Paulette
“How was it that no one had ever told her that it was not love itself, but its treacherous gatekeepers which made the greatest demands on your courage: the panic of acknowledging it; the terror of declaring it; the fear of being rebuffed? Why had no one told her that love's twin was not hate but cowardice?”
“Surely all the old ties were immaterial now that the sea had washed away their past? If only it were so!”
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