I finished The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh published in 2005. It's a story of an American marine biologist and cetologist,who is of Bengali descent, an Indian translator and interpreter, an illeterate fisherman and the people of Sundarbans, in the Bay of Bengal. It's a story of courage and simple life. It's a love story.
One of the characters in The Hungry Tide quotes is fond of Rainer Maria Rilke and quotes his poems at the end of every chapter. I'm reading at the same time, by coincidence, Life of a Poet, of Rainer Maria Rilke.
It's the best book I have read this year in addition to Middlemarch.