Magnetite: A Voyage across Seven Continents over Three Centuries
by San Cassimally
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Two young scientists, Don from Canada, and Katrina from Italy, are cycling in the Highlands of Scotland in early summer. Unbeknownst to them, they are both going to take a research fellowship at the university of Aberdeen where they will be engaged in a project on Bird Migration.
Immigration is as old as the world. The population movement in this story is limited to the last three centuries, but involves all seven continents. To this day, the Highland Clearance is a sore point for many Highlanders. The lairds, keen to increase their profits, force out Highlanders, eking out a living on their none-too-fertile soil.Their aim is to replace them with sheep, a much more lucrative occupation for them. They enthusiastically engineer their relocation in Canada and North America.
In India, some regions are prone to drought making the land unsuited for agriculture. Two friends from Bihar, worried about the welfare of their families, arrive at the conclusion that they have no future in their part of the world, and having heard that Calcutta is being transformed into a land of plenty by the British East India Company, decide to trek there, taking months to arrive. They find that they are not welcome by the locals, and end up in the bleak but beautiful Sunderbans, where they work their fingers to the bones to provide for their families. The land is notorious for its high salt contents, making agriculture difficult. The fact that it is in the path of cyclones does not add to its appeal, as their meagre crops are regularly destroyed by storms and floods. When they hear that the Company are keen to send people to the colonies, Fiji, Mauritius, Demerara etc... all expenses paid, they think their troubles are over, and take the plunge once again, becoming indentured labourers. In the bustle, a young mother with two children become separated from her husband and a child, and finds herself in Mauritius with her young son. A resourceful woman, she copes with many obstacles and ...
Genre: Literary Fiction
Length: 582 Pages (1,423 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Apr 5th, 2020