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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This book has poor reviews but if you have liked his other novels and his descriptive style – you will like this book. I tried and tried Jul 28, Rochelle rated it liked it Shelves: While it begins in a manner that shows off all of Ghosh’s strengths, it also highlights what I think is one of his weaknesses, the ability to finish the novel in the same enthusiastic way that akitav begins like setting off on a great adventure only to stop when the car runs out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.

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I read this novel after being impressed with Hungry Tide and Sea of Poppies. Now I love good character development.

I took a class with Amitav, but I had never read any of his work up to this point. I could not even sympathesize or empathesize with them.

I am disappointed as loved The Glass Palace. No trivia or quizzes yet. See my complete review here: It is wonderfully well written, beautifully written, but sometimes I wondered where it was going or what the plot actually was.

Paperbackpages. But what a survivor! There is a set of themes and ideas in this work that develop into central themes in subsequent novels.

Amitav Ghosh : The Circle of Reason

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in It was expected both of Alu and Jyoti to be scheming and shrewd enough to tackle each other’s advances and tricks. 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 ccircle to give up his older trade and ideas, and thus is not only caught and brought to death with his own employee profiting by reasln on him and inheriting his whole property after his death against his will, too but jeopardises the whole movement, every innocent one out for an outing for shopping, and much killing in the process.


Had it been any other Author, I would have given two stars. I don’t have the issue that bother some with this book, pf way characters disappear. The second part is reminiscent of An early work of the writer, this citcle a flavour of the literature of Bengal where the author originates from, with the first part reminiscent of the works of many great authors of the land in its style, language and even in the humour, the imagery and the motivation of the aitav, the cigcle.

I was hoping to at least learn something from the setting and situations. View all ghsh comments. I gave it 4 stars because the ending felt a bit stilted to me, but it was still a great read! Non so se sono riuscito a capire tutto quello che Ghosh voleva raccontare, ma poco importa. 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 quaint traditions and language all seem like preliminary research for his subsequent works.

To ask other readers questions about The Circle of Reasonplease sign up. Unfortunately, it never seemed like the story had much focus. Open Preview See a Ajitav 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. AG gives us a work that is not only technically amazing,following the form of an Indian raga,but also outstanding in the finely nuanced depth of his characters in his frank but compassionate presentation.

The Circle of Reason

Jan 12, Clark rated it liked it. A young policeman, whose preference is painting birds, and who is in the 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 doing so. First he is responsible for the incineration of a group of cigcle good people.


amiav Feb 01, Sarita rated it did not like it. Oct 27, Nicole Barnes rated it really liked it. I wish I gosh read this book before I read all the others by Amitav Ghosh.

The second part is reminiscent of One Hundred Years Of Solitude in its silent ominous extinction of the people and the nameless, faceless Oilmen and the power that employes them, with a little flavour also of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.

Pasteur was an economist. This is perhaps taken too far in The Sea of Poppies where the use of Anglo-Indian phrases is overdone. It may seem, to many readers, to be quite 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.

Amitav Ghosh takes you through an unusual journey through different but hostile parts of the world and each part is quirky with a strange but amusing twist in the story.

The story is reasob 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 reaskn.

Aug 23, Pallav rated it liked hgosh. One begins to understand that it had to be phrenology, since Bose is a follower of Reason and fan of Pasteur and hence could hardly go kf a normal human face reading that most people do subconsciously, much less the more evolved palmistry or astrology that the education he had made him deprecating or downright denouncing of, and phrenology provides a semblance of reason being pseudo scientific.

Not a terrible book to read but not one that you will miss terribly if you dont come to it. Everytime one ghoosh 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.