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READ ½ The Circle of Reason ↠ ➮ The Circle of Reason Read ➶ Author Amitav Ghosh – Amitav Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Máruez and Salman Rushdie In a vivid and magical story The Circle of Reason traces the misadventures Amitav Ghosh’s extraordinary fiCal story The Circle The Circle MOBI #204 of Reason traces the misadventures of Alu a young master weaver in a small Bengali village who is fals. I wish I had read this book before I read all the others by Amitav Ghosh It has all the characteristics one has come to expect of an Amitacv Ghosh novel deep research great narration with such level of detail that it feels like an impressionist painting a significant item or thought The Life of Louis Pasteur in this case that binds all the main characters who travel through time on their own paths which Ghosh conspires to ensure cross during some time in the story and connections to Bengal and the positive impact that it has had thanks to the prosperity of Burma I now see where all this began and can only marvel at how he has successfully developed each of these themes in his subseuent works There is mention of Ronald Ross and his association with Calcutta which is the central theme of The Calcutta Chromosome The reference to Balaram Bose's father who made his fortune thanks to his connections with the timber trade in Burma is the central theme of The Glass Palace one of my favourite novels and the description of Naokhali and the immigrants from Burma who consciously keep their own uaint traditions and language all seem like preliminary research for his subseuent works Like all his other works this one too shows off his immense ability to research arcane topics and find relevance for them in the novel's characters The history of cotton and weaving becomes central to Shombhu Debnath and phrenology to Balaram Bose I can see why my friend Srikanth Mallavarapu who teaches English in Roanoke Virginia is so interested in Amitav Ghosh's works As with all his other works what stands out is his ability to describe in great detail the characters and the setting almost like a screenplay The attention to detail never ceases to amaze Even simple descriptions of Balaram Bose's house and how it looks with the light filtering through coconut palms and lemon trees is so vivid that even someone like me with no creative genes can visualise it It may seem to many readers to be uite superfluous since it does not add much to the plot or the story line but perhaps that is the beauty of a classical style of writing that many of us grew up reading Those of us who have been lucky to live amongst coconut palms and lemon trees will immediately recall the effect that these trees which are so different from each other work nicely together so that the tall palms and the short lemon tree take the edge of the harsh sun and torrential rain If one was to look for meaning the trees could be symbolising Bhudeb Roy and Balaram Bose or perhaps it is just a red herring for the readers planted there by Ghosh in a moment of mischief The influence of his time in Egypt is evident here with colloual Arabic phrases thrown in when Zindi and her friends exclaim Unlike many other authors these phrases seem be in the right place and keep with the flow of the story This is perhaps taken too far in The Sea of Poppies where the use of Anglo Indian phrases is overdone I cannot but agree with Srikanth's characterization of Ghosh as an ambitious author who surrounds himself with his brilliant ideas and characters but fails to pick on one central theme or set of characters to develop Everytime one reads one of his novels one feels like one is reading the Mahabharatha with several characters each playing the central character in a sub plot somewhere while the main characters disappear for a while to the background There is a set of themes and ideas in this work that develop into central themes in subseuent novels If I ever met Amitav Ghosh I would suggest that he reads The Malgudi Days a

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Ely accused of terrorism Alu flees his home traveling through Bombay to the Persian Gulf to North Africa with a bird watching policeman in pursu. I loved In an Antiue Land so I had very high expectations for this novel I found it enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as I expected

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The Circle of ReasonAmitav Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Máruez and Salman Rushdie In a vivid and magi. OMG I couldn't finish it Horror of all horrors I couldn't finish a book by an author that I admire But I realized what it is I was struggling with the same thing in 'The Hungry Tide' Ghosh spends an inordinate amount of time developing characters their pasts their little histories their uniue experiences The plot gets put on hold as we dive once again into the history of a newly introduced character and then the anecdote takes you further and further away from the current storyline and 20 pages later you are slowly dragged back to the present Now I love good character development I really do But this THIS It's maddening Really Nearly every character gets this It's too much for me Here is the worst part and what made me throw this book across the room A third way into the book Ghosh 'removes' a large group of the main characters GONE People who I had just been forced to examine the way they like to pluck their nosehairs Gone from the story WTF I threw the book down I'm not going to finish it Nothing had happened anyway There was barely anyone left to care aboutSO My friends if you love love love characters Liz and don't care too much about a cohesive plot this book might suit youI must also add I loved his recent book 'The Sea of Poppies' and it's the first in a trilogy that I will certainly attempt to read when it comes out 'Sea of Poppies' had great characters and a interesting plot