Over at NPR, Jacki Lyden gives one of the strongest recommendations for Ghosh’s book:
Ghosh is a native of Calcutta and speaks five languages. His love for India rings through here — as do his verbal gifts. His efforts are swashbuckling, and his ship, the Ibis, is the most pulsing, heart-rending literary ship to plough the seas since Ishmael climbed the riggings of the Pequod. After a while, you’ll be rocking between all these languages, too — and hoping the Ibis casts off soon for volume No. 2 of this trilogy.
There is also an excerpt of five or six paragraphs. As I noted elsewhere in this blog, I have not yet read any fiction of Ghosh; may be I will start with this.