The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

by

Amitav Ghosh

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Horen Naskor Character Analysis

Horen is a fisherman who lives on an island that neighbors Lusibari. In his youth, he greatly admires Nirmal and Nilima and often offers to do favors for them, as when he takes Nirmal, Nilima, and Kanai to Lusibari in the absence of any ferries in the right direction. Horen was married at age fourteen and had three children before his twentieth birthday. Kusum was a distant relative of his, and Horen was instrumental in keeping her from harm and specifically, from the predatory landowner Dilip Choudury. In 1978, Horen and Nirmal reconnect with Kusum on Morichjhãpi. Though Horen's emotions seldom factor into Nirmal's writing in his notebook, Horen later confesses to Kanai that both he and Nirmal were in love with Kusum. He admits that he'd been in love with Kusum for some time, and even offered to marry her when she was still a teen and he was already married. Kusum and Horen had sex the night before the assault on the island. In the present, Horen is an older and distinguished man who's an exceptional guide through the Sundarbans. He believes fully in the religious practices of the region and regularly leaves offerings for the goddess Bon Bibi.

Horen Naskor Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Horen Naskor or refer to Horen Naskor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of The Hungry Tide published in 2006.
Part 2: Transformation Quotes

I realized with a sense of shock that this chimerical line was, to her and to Horen, as real as a barbed-wire fence might be to me.

Related Characters: Nirmal Bose (speaker), Fokir, Kusum, Horen Naskor, Bon Bibi, Dokkhin Rai, Shah Jongoli
Page Number: 186
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Horen Naskor Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the character Horen Naskor appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Canning
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...Rilke's Duino Elegies clutched to his chest, unsuccessfully watched for a boat. A local named Horen had rescued them. Horen told Nilima that Bon Bibi, the forest goddess, had granted him... (full context)
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Horen had offered to take them all back to Lusibari, and Nilima accepted. She explained to... (full context)
Part 1: The Trust
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...She declines to explain how or why, but says that Fokir was brought up by Horen. She points out the hospital, and explains that they have electricity there for a few... (full context)
Part 1: The Glory of Bon Bibi
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...Calcutta, and Dilip later told Kusum that her mother was doing housework. At this point, Horen learned the truth: Dilip worked with a gang that trafficked women, and Kusum's mother was... (full context)
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...across the river. Kanai was gripped with the desire to comfort and defend her, but Horen interrupted them. He explained that Dilip was looking for Kusum and swore Kanai to silence... (full context)
Part 1: Travels
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...an invitation in Kumirmari. He misses his ferry for the long journey, but soon spots Horen and asks him to take him to Kumirmari. As they travel, Nirmal reads aloud from... (full context)
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...amazing sight as glowworms light up the mangroves. They wonder if they're seeing "devils," and Horen is perplexed that they'd question it at all—he believes the sight is clearly the work... (full context)
Part 1: Blown Ashore
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...that things won't end well, and Nirmal puts it out of his mind. He and Horen begin their journey back to Lusibari, but are held up when a storm suddenly picks... (full context)
Part 1: Dreams
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Back in Nirmal's notebook, Horen and Nirmal decide to stay the night in Kusum's hut. Late at night, Kusum wakes... (full context)
Part 2: Beginning Again
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...Lusibari, Nirmal feels invigorated and refreshed. He laughs that the storm that led him and Horen to Morichjhãpi has transformed him. Horen asks what Nirmal plans to teach his students, and... (full context)
Part 2: A Feast
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Resuming his reading, Kanai reads that Horen invites Nirmal to Morichjhãpi for a feast where there will be journalists and intellectuals. Finally,... (full context)
Part 2: Storms
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Nirmal's writing picks up after his retirement. One day, Horen brings Kusum to Lusibari to speak with Nilima and ask for help. Nirmal says it... (full context)
Part 2: Negotiations
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...five days. She'd pay about 300 dollars. Moyna gasps and Fokir agrees to arrange for Horen to go with them with his bhotbhoti. Piya agrees. (full context)
Part 2: A Sunset
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...in a conflict with police. Kanai briefly sums up the Morichjhãpi conflict and says that Horen raised Fokir. (full context)
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...awkwardly flirt for a moment but are interrupted by Fokir down below. Kanai translates that Horen will bring the bhotbhoti tomorrow, and they can leave the day after. Piya excitedly rushes... (full context)
Part 2: Transformation
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Kanai resumes his reading. In mid-January, Horen invites Nirmal to accompany himself and Kusum to Garjontola, where there's a shrine to Bon... (full context)
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Everyone piles into Horen's boat with clay figurines of Bon Bibi and Shah Jongoli. As they cross a mohona,... (full context)
Part 2: The Megha
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In the morning, Kanai notices that Horen looks just like he remembers, though he's older and looks distinguished now. He and Kanai... (full context)
Part 2: Memory
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Nirmal writes in the notebook that as Horen approaches the shore, he asks Nirmal if he feels "the fear." Nirmal doesn't, but he... (full context)
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Nirmal follows Horen, Kusum, and Fokir to the shrine, knowing he'd be the first one dead if a... (full context)
Part 2: Crimes
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...the papers. This resulted in pressure to lift the siege. The next day, Nirmal and Horen head for the island. They expect to find celebrating settlers but instead, they find Kusum... (full context)
Part 2: An Interruption
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In the afternoon, Kanai tries to talk to Horen about Nirmal's notebook. Horen isn't interested in chatting, but does explain how the notebook got... (full context)
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...and Kanai hear the sound of an animal in pain on the shore. Kanai asks Horen about it, and apparently it's the sound of his relative's water buffalo giving birth. Kanai... (full context)
Part 2: Alive
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...by Kusum's insight. He spends days experiencing visions and reading Rilke. Nilima is angry with Horen, but gentler with Nirmal. She does ask if the rumors are true that he's involved... (full context)
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...be an attack on Morichjhãpi. Nirmal packs a bag and sneaks out to go find Horen. Horen has more information—the government has bused in criminals and gangsters to attack Morichjhãpi. They... (full context)
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When Horen and Nirmal find Kusum, they find her happy and entirely unwilling to leave the island.... (full context)
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Kanai's hands are shaking when he finishes. He finds Horen sitting outside and sits down with him. When Kanai mentions finishing the notebook, Horen matter-of-factly... (full context)
Part 2: A Killing
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Kanai wakes at three in the morning to excited voices. He finds Horen and Nogen on deck, looking towards shore. They can see what looks like flames. Horen,... (full context)
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Horen explains that the tiger probably heard the buffalo giving birth and had then fallen through... (full context)
Part 2: Interrogations
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Horen, Fokir, Kanai, and Piya make it back to the Megha by dawn and start off... (full context)
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...killing, but she recognizes that it's probably a normal part of life for people like Horen and Fokir. She suggests that those two are part of the horror, which makes Kanai... (full context)
Part 2: Signs
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...backs into the mangroves and then crashes back out to the mud. Piya, Fokir, and Horen run to him and haul him into the boat. He babbles about seeing the tiger,... (full context)
Part 2: A Search
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...makes preparations to spend the day with Fokir in his boat tracking the dolphins while Horen takes Kanai to Lusibari on the Megha. After breakfast, Kanai hands Piya a manila envelope. (full context)
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On the Megha, Kanai and Horen see no boats until they reach a major channel. There, there's a great deal of... (full context)
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...are no dolphins in the pool despite their habit of swimming there during low tide. Horen agrees, but isn't alarmed. Kanai suggests they go look for Fokir's boat and finally, Horen... (full context)
Part 2: Casualties
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Horen has had enough of the search after three hours and insists they need to turn... (full context)
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...sky was clear, but the land was still flooded. There were others in trees, and Horen learned that they'd made land 30 miles away in Bangladesh. They were there for two... (full context)
Part 2: A Gift
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...Piya checks her GPS and sees they're about seven miles from Garjontola. She figures that Horen won't be worried, and she and Fokir find a spot to stop for the night.... (full context)
Part 2: Fresh Water and Salt
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...barely sleeps again that night. Early in the morning, he gets up and finds that Horen is also awake, watching the water. Kanai asks if there's enough light for Fokir to... (full context)
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Horen says he's five or six years older than Kusum. He comforted her when Kusum's father... (full context)
Part 2: Horizons
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Horen points to a dark spot in the sky and says they can only wait for... (full context)
Part 2: Losses
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...water almost glows as they approach Lusibari. As they enter the huge mohona near Lusibari, Horen sends Kanai downstairs to the engine room to bail out water with Nogen. After a... (full context)
Part 2: Going Ashore
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...Fokir is still at Garjontola and assures her that he'll be fine, and then passes Horen's message about rescuing Fokir to her. Kanai then heads to the guesthouse to find Nilima. (full context)
Part 2: The Wave
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...make their way up. Once upstairs, the wind seems quieter. Kanai explains that he and Horen had to leave Piya and Fokir outside, and admits that he lost the notebook. (full context)
Part 2: The Day After
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...the storm passes, the Megha is most of the way to Garjontola when Kanai and Horen see Fokir's boat in the distance. The boats slowly approach each other and soon, those... (full context)