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‘Our Little Life is Rounded with a Sleep’: The Scottish Presence in Andrew Greig's In Another Light and Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide

Bashabi Fraser

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0016
‘Our Little Life is Rounded with a Sleep’: The Scottish Presence in Andrew Greig's In Another Light and Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide

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This chapter compares Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide and Andrew Greig's In Another Light. In both novels, an Eastern island is linked to another island in the West, in Scotland. Both are novels of the sea, offering the opportunity for travel, trade and colonial opportunity, but also native sustenance and energy. Ghosh uses the ‘double-helix’ pattern as a narrative technique in The Hungry Tide, where two strands intertwine and wind like vines round an interrelated experience. It would be wrong to see S'Daniel or Sandy as part of the Scottish diaspora, since it is associated with various degrees of forced migrancy. The novels establish that the past is never wiped away by storms or tidal waves, but lives in the haunting presence of Scottish individuals whose work and legacy, having touched several lives, are sustained in the work of contemporary characters portrayed in these postcolonial texts.

Keywords: Amitav Ghosh; The Hungry Tide; Andrew Greig; In Another Light; Scotland; travel; trade; colonial opportunity; S'Daniel; Sandy

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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