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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Published May 3rd by Mariner Books first published With only a hazy idea of the future,there is still abundant faith and hope. I tried and tried 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 rdason months in the Middle East, and the last two chapters span the books climax within a circe in northern Africa.

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.

Apr 08, notgettingenough rated it liked it Shelves: Ghosh spends an inordinate vhosh of time developing characters, their pasts, their little histories, their unique experiences. Amitav Ghosh’s First book is an indication of great things to come. The ov as ever is beautifully scripted and so well drawn out in intricacy and quality.

It has all the characteristics one has come to expect of an Amitacv Ghosh novel – deep research, great narration with such level of aimtav 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 Benga I wish I had read this book before I read all the others by Amitav Ghosh.

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Maybe the ending was an offering from Ghosh to the critics for them to admire and analyse, find meaning and feel good about the emperor’s new clothes. It does not stop one chuckling, though.

Alu and all the other people around him are so weird and all his adventures are very strange indeed. Jul 16, Aarthi rated it did not like it. Mi sono lasciato cullare da questo romanzone, lungo quasi pagine.

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It was expected both of Alu and Jyoti to be scheming and shrewd enough to tackle each other’s advances and tricks. 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. It has taken me forever to read this book and I struggled to finish it.

The story was all about the scandalous hops of the protagnonist, named Alu from his native village in Bengal to a brief stay in Southern India, where he befriends his accomplices and friends and sails to a bustling port in Middle East, all in order to escape the clutches of a rather perpetually bewildered policeman Jyoti Das, who was set off as a hungry hound by the authorities, all thanks to the false allegations of the scheming Bhudeb Roy.

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In later works the scatological, prevalent here a la British taste in humour, gives way to equally shoddy details of what is supposed to be titillating, and it begins to seem as if it is a concession he makes on demand of the publisher and prodding by his editors just to shut them up, since everyone is afraid lack of such concessions might result in lesser profits.

I read this novel after being impressed with Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies. But progress is never unopposed and nor is reason or higher faculties of humanity, and here too there is the landlord literally that is the meaning of his name as well, in another bit of humour who is more about political power and cares for progress or education only in so much as it serves his purpose.

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.

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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. And other characters who are more fully developed drop out of the story as one section transitions to the other.

The feeling was only momentary, however, because I was always compelled onward.

Ghosh’s style is exquisite, especially his language. There is a bit of allegory here, with Gandhi’s spinning of a century ago made a crucial factor of his entirely too real revolution in defeating a wealthy and powerful empire into walking out albeit after much loot over the centuries they ruled, which stays unaccounted for including the jewels exhibited in the tower of London.

Even now I’m not entirely sure where it went. In this novel he creates an entire world–a small village in turn-of-the-century India, a local would-be scientist who is in love with phrenology and goes around measuring all the villagers’ heads, and a small boy around whom an at turns tragic, hilarious, and profoundly philosophic story turns. Pasteur was an economist. Aug 11, Radhika rated it it was ok. One could wish the writer would overcome his temptation for the slightly or more than slightly disgusting details of life’s necessities and realities – what sharks are gathering around a small ship for, for instance, so an accidental unfortunate falling out of an unfortunate man results in others helplessly watching him eaten alive even as he pleads for help – but if one reads this writer one comes to expect some such details of one nature or another.

The people thus able to see his point organise their society with balanced and perfectly accounted books replacing money transactions within the neighbourhood, much like a bank and co-operative organising the social structure akin to a family’s, with the effect that the people’s energies are freed to achieve more and the money is saved for everyone to be able to do more.


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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 beginning. However, the plot has too many characters and their sub plots are too confusing to keep track.

It was interesting upto a point but then I felt it dragged a bit too long. I found it enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as I expected. I’m not going to finish it. Jyoti Das, with the help of the local authorities manages to either capture or kill most of Alu’s accomplices, narrowly missing Alu, who escapes to North Africa with amitxv few of his accomplices. Narayan created a number of characters and each of them had a central role in a story that had a single plot that ensured that it was easy reading while at the same time allowed for each of those stories and characters to be developed over time beyond Malgudi.

I took away a star cause the book dragged a bit towards the end. People who I had just been forced to lf the way they like to pluck their nosehairs. But, both the parties turned out to be poorly organised, which led me to often be reminisced by the phrase, ‘a comedy of errors’. Amitsv story ciecle of a simple boy, Alu, who through circumstance more than anything else comes to be a weaver, then a branded terrorist, a fugitive, a construction labourer and a messiah.

Refresh and try again. A young policeman, whose preference is painting birds, and who is in cjrcle police because it was the first civil service position for which he qualified, keeps changing the lives of odd but good people without having any interest in ghosn so.

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This could have been a much shorter book with some movement in the story in the last one-third, which I really missed. In bringing forth these images, Ghosh uses beautiful language with just enough humor. The connection has always been there, of course, or there would be no progress or evolution of human history in either field, physical need being supreme and reason merely a nuisance taking time away from needs for useless philosophising – but now the connection is often unperceived and an artificial division of the two is seen wherein often people feel justified in claiming their education was of no use whatsoever, that is, unless they are in medical or legal fields professionally in US, making money far more than minting would enable them.

Paperbackpages. I could not even sympathesize or empathesize with them. On the other hand, my favorite part of the book was a section that recounted the dealings of small character in a short story format. All the characters are mentally ill, even though the author tries to pass them as normal. Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in Had it been any other Author, I would have given two stars.