The Calcutta Chromosome Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book is a literary science fiction novel by one of India's top writers. It is about a group of people who practice anti-science, that is, a form of science that uses silence not knowledge as a tool. Scientists involved with investigation into malaria get involved with this group which is trying to use guide the scientific discoveries of the traditional scientists in ways that will reveal to them the secret of immortality though inter-body transference.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   long lived adults


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation

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