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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And all this flowering of a neighbourhood to a better life is destroyed while still in the bud by a misguided attempt of an erstwhile information trader who is as overwhelmed by the happening as others, only unable to give up his older trade and ideas, and thus is not only caught and brought to death with his own employee profiting by informing on him and inheriting his whole property after his death against his will, too but jeopardises the whole od, every innocent one out for an outing for shopping, and much killing in the process.

To a simpleton like me, it is a very tame ending that Alu returns to India with Zindi and Boss, Karthamma dies of a heart attack and Jyoti Das deserts the civil service to work with his uncle in Germany.

Open Preview See a Problem? Reson could have been a much shorter book reaskn some movement in the story in the last one-third, which I really missed. The characters are real, and there is abcolutely nothing fictitious about any reasom them I have encountered people like them.

Nothing had happened anyway. For me, it’s about Alu and his skill for weaving, about Pasteur and cleanliness, about Zindi and helpfulness Paperbackpages.

Jan 12, Clark rated it liked it.

The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Unfortunately, it never seemed like the story had much focus. His attention to reasonn was immaculate, though occasionally distracting. The interesting structure of the book further dictates the pace, where the first half of 9 chapters spans decades in India, the next 9 chapter a couple of months in the Middle East, and the last two chapters span the books climax within a day in northern Africa.


This is the first time I ve been disappointed with Amitav Ghosh’s novel. Feb 05, Dr. I rason disappointed as loved The Glass Palace.

If one was to amita 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. I threw the book down. The story as ever is beautifully scripted and so well drawn out in intricacy and quality. In the end,although we may be dazzled by the writing and the staggering subtle connections that may never be fully revealed,we know little more about the hero than we did at the lf.

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 reasson 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 Benga I wish I had read this book a,itav I read all the others by Amitav Ghosh.

The story was good and the theme and the background picked by the writer is excellent! Mi sono lasciato reaason da questo romanzone, lungo quasi pagine. Apr 08, notgettingenough rated it liked it Shelves: I took a class with Amitav, but I had never read any of his work up to this point. I love reading books when I have the feeling that the story is so detailed that it must either be truth or meant a loooot of research done by the author.

Now make up your mind as to whether “to read, or not to read”! I’m feeling let down by an author whom I consider a genius! One of those life experiences that hardens you. Had it been any other Author, I would have given two stars.

Trivia About The Circle of Reason. Ghosh’s style is exquisite, especially his language. Jul 30, Lester rated it really liked it. But I realized what it is. Ghosh has created memorable characters and situations but has failed to string them together in a meaty story which has now come to be his forte.


But for Ghosh, whom I absolutely adore, it is three stars. The plot has quite a few twists, and Ghosh manages to fairly seamlessly include amitag village squabble, weaving, phrenology and physiognomy, a man obsessed with carbolic acid, the life of Louis Pasteur, a theory on queues, a comparison between communism and capitalism, a self-immolation, an attack with boiling oil, a building collapse, the Hindu epic Mahabharata and sewing machines.

Still worth reading it though. There were certainly elements that were taken the whole way cirvle by way of continuity but they were a cameosa to the theme. The second part, passion, takes one to Al Ghazeira, somewhere on the north shore of what is named Arabian Sea but really is one of the two northern ends of Indian Ocean – the other being just as named Bay of Bengal but the two really being similar in size and practically mirror images for all that.

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I’m not going to finish it. But the story doesn’t really progress much or nothing much of significance really happens in the last odd pages. Return to Book Page. gjosh

Sep 07, Liza Daniel rated it did not like it. In bringing forth these images, Ghosh uses beautiful language with just enough humor.

The Circle of Reason

An amazing debut novel. Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has circld on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice. In other countries and cultures of course no such disconnection or uselessness is claimed as far as education goes, and one wonders if it is merely a case of ingratitude for the fircle education with opportunity for all that brings such attitudes into fashion.

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