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The Circle of Reason | [Amitav Ghosh]

The Circle of Reason

Amitav Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Márquez and Salman Rushdie. In a vivid and magical story, The Circle of Reason traces the misadventures of Alu, a young master weaver in a small Bengali village who is falsely accused of terrorism. Alu flees his home, traveling through Bombay to the Persian Gulf to North Africa with a bird-watching policeman in pursuit.
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Publisher's Summary

Amitav Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Márquez and Salman Rushdie. In a vivid and magical story, The Circle of Reason traces the misadventures of Alu, a young master weaver in a small Bengali village who is falsely accused of terrorism. Alu flees his home, traveling through Bombay to the Persian Gulf to North Africa with a bird-watching policeman in pursuit.

©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©1986 Amitav Ghosh

What the Critics Say

“A remarkable storyteller, a Scheherezade effortlessly spinning tales within tales, the possessor of a strong narrative voice quite like no other.” (Newsday)

"Ghosh’s writing soars, producing electric images.” (Baltimore Sun)

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    Gwen Pomona, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Gwen Pomona, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Ghosh, I was disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    only to an avid Ghosh fan.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It seemed contrived.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and he is consistently good, especially in a book with many characters.


    Do you think The Circle of Reason needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    please no more on this story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, Glass Palace, Hungry Tide, Circle of Reason had a less steady hand on the plot. The characters were thinner and less compelling: I gladly said goodbye to them at the end. In contrast, I have grieved for my own loss at the sound of "audible hopes you have enjoyed this content" (or turned the last page, in some cases) for all the other Ghosh titles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 12-29-13
    Peggy Washington, DC, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Circles within circles"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Although Amitav Ghosh is one of my favorite writers, I found this book confusing and not very interesting. Too many people moving around without compelling purpose.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Excellent as usual.


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