Gun Island

A Novel
Narrated by: Sagar Arya
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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From the award-winning author of the best-selling epic Ibis trilogy comes a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage.

Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one that turns Deen Datta’s world upside down. 

A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen’s eyes to the realities of growing up in today’s world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey that will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood, and about the world around him. 

Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

©2019 Amitav Ghosh (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Loved the story and the narrator

What a story. Hopeful. I admire the pull between science and reason and magic or at least myths refined over time.

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Tedious

Love this author and started reading his captivating novels decades ago...but this one was dully predictable, had very few nuggets of lore or history or human quirkiness and was saved only by the masterful narration. The ending was particularly lame.

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A wonderful story

A beautiful novel by Ghosh with so many new insights, twists and turns. I highly recommend this book.