The Circle of Reason A saga of flight and pursuit, this novel chronicles the adventures of Alu, a young master weaver who is wrongly suspected of being a. The Circle of Reason is the first novel by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh. It was published in Awards[edit]. The Circle of Reason won the prestigious Prix. The Circle of Reason: Amitav Ghosh: His first novel, The Circle of Reason (), follows an Indian protagonist who, suspected of being a terrorist, leaves India.

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But what a survivor! The answer is money.

May 11, Partho Chakrabarti rated it liked it. I wish I had read this book before I read all the others by Amitav Ghosh. I know it’s cultural, but I think in his more recent books, he has a better editor, and the more recent books read more fluently and cle I’ve liked Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke so much amtiav I decided to read some early Amitav Ghosh while waiting for the third and last book in the trilogy.

It does not stop one chuckling, though.

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Like all his other works, this one og shows off his immense ability to research arcane topics and find relevance for them in the novel’s characters. An early work of the writer, this has a flavour of the literature of Bengal where the author originates from, with the first part reminiscent of the works of many great authors of the land in its style, language and even in the humour, the imagery and the motivation of the characters, the conflicts.

Amitav Ghosh takes you through an unusual journey through different but hostile parts of the world and each part is The strange motley of characters made this a very interesting read. To ask other readers questions about The Circle of Reasonplease sign up. I was hoping to at least learn something from the setting and situations.


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He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn. However, the reaason has too many characters and their sub plots are too confusing to keep track. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. I wonder how a policeman as naive and weak-willed as Jyoti Das could survive in his uniforms for a single day, which is evident at various junctures of the plot, the highlight being that he decided to participate in a theatre act with this targets and not arresting and deporting them back to India, in spite of knowing them very well.

There were certainly elements that were taken the whole way through by way It has taken me forever to read this book and I struggled to finish it. The weaver is saved ironically by the mother figure who has not been enamoured of his talk, of the money-and-germs connection, into giving up her savings for accounting into a book – the accounts are entirely honestly and meticulously kept, this is not communism – and uses them to hire space on a boat to take them away to safety.

The journey depicted is hardly a circle, it is not even closed at any level be it conceptual or geographical – he travels from Reason to Passion to Death while moving from rural and capital scenario of Bengal to northern shores of Indian Ocean at Al Ghezhira to coasts of Africa, ending across from Gibraltar after the last episode at an Algiers small town. Jul 16, Aarthi rated it did not like it.

I’ve liked Ot of Poppies and River of Smoke so much that I decided to read some early Amitav Ghosh while waiting for the third and last book in the trilogy. Mi sono lasciato cullare da questo romanzone, lungo quasi pagine. What is it that travels from man to man carrying contagion and filth, sucking people out and destroying them even in the safety of their own houses, ghoeh when every door and window is shut?


Aug 23, Pallav rated it liked it. Jun 10, Kay Robart rated it really liked it. Sep 07, Liza Daniel rated it did not like it. Mar 30, Martha rated it did not like it Shelves: The circle of reason does not have much of a story. It took me about a month to read this book. I want to call him corrupt in that he has a job he reasln care about and he treats it in a way you can’t treat that sort of job.

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There was barely anyone left to care about. The attention to detail never ceases to amaze. Published May 3rd by Mariner Books first published I think one star is too much for this book.

It is a wonder, the connection of reason with creation of art, art that is not merely bought for ridiculously high price to hang or lie about the house just to score against someone or show off but is a direct use and pleasure and wonder for millions for millennia. But I realized what it is. The only character who carries through wmitav whole book is Alu, a lumpy-headed orphaned boy who grows into a man.

Vircle 05, Dr. Named Circle of Reason, it is no circle of any kind at all, even in the broadest sense possible, but really a curve fitted to three hillocks of events across planes and valleys of thought and people and cultures across two huge continents, events that illustrate the philosophy and concepts for the writer. The novel was both surprising and unsurprising. It was expected both of Alu and Jyoti to be scheming and shrewd enough to tackle each other’s advances and tricks.

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