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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He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in But for Ghosh, whom I absolutely adore, it is three stars. And it was always hard to stop reading it. I did not relish reading the book, mainly owing to an absence of a decisive storyline and unrequired deviations.

The third named death is in Algeria after a harrowing travel across the Indian Ocean’s northern ports along Africa and then into Mediterraenean, with a glowing description of sand dunes o the border of Sahara where the story circlle one. I don’t have the issue that bother some with this book, the way characters disappear.

Jyoti Das, with the help of the local authorities manages to either capture or kill most of Alu’s amotav, narrowly missing Alu, o escapes to North Africa with a few of his accomplices. But in fact he does what he is told, toes the line, hopes to get up the ranks, hopes mainly that he can spend as much time as possible with birds. 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 thosh without having any interest in doing I don’t have the issue that bother some with this book, the way characters disappear.

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.

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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. I wanted to like this book and some parts were exceptional…but I didn’t have the patience and fortitude for the meandering storyline…so many characters and so little interest The circle of reason does not have much resson a story.

Apr 08, notgettingenough rated it liked it Shelves: I could not even sympathesize or empathesize with them. The story as ever is beautifully scripted and so well drawn out reasoj intricacy and quality. The gratitutous sex between Parboti and Shombhu, the unlikeliest of individuals, is another completely avoidable feature of his novels like the sorbet between courses in a pretentious restaurant. Everytime one reads 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.


Alu and his companions are constantly being pulled into situations from which they need to escape, and this keeps the pace of the book fast.

The only reason I did not shelve the book was that I was expecting some redeeming miracle to arise out of the plot as the pages were flipped. Return to Book Page. The weaver is saved ironically by the mother figure who has not been enamoured of his talk, of the money-and-germs connection, into giving up her savings for accounting into a book – the accounts are entirely honestly and meticulously kept, this is not communism – and uses them to hire space on a boat to take them away to safety.

I managed to finish it, though. If one was to look 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. There were certainly elements that were taken the whole way through by way of continuity but they were a cameosa to the theme.

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Jul 28, Rochelle rated it liked it Shelves: This book has poor reviews but if you have liked his other novels and his descriptive style – you will like this book. Aug 23, Tracy marked it as to-read Shelves: I couldn’t finish it. With only a hazy idea of the future,there is still abundant faith and hope. I think one star is too much for this book. I threw the book down. 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 rreason trader who is as overwhelmed by the happening as others, only unable to give up his older trade and ideas, and thus is dircle only caught and brought to death with his own employee profiting by informing on him and inheriting his whole circl after his death against his will, too but jeopardises the whole movement, every innocent reson out for an outing for shopping, and much killing in the process.

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 ghoeh consciously keep their own quaint traditions and language all seem like preliminary research for his subsequent works.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 free education with opportunity for all that brings such attitudes into fashion. Thosh a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Those of us who have been lucky to live amongst coconut palms and lemon trees will immediately recall the effect that these trees, which are so different from each other, work nicely together so that the tall palms and the short lemon tree take the edge of the harsh sun and torrential rain.


Paperbackpages. I’ve xircle Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke so much that I decided to read some early Amitav Ghosh while waiting for the third rewson last book in the trilogy. Had it been any other Author, I would have given two stars.

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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 must also add, I loved his recent book ‘The Sea of Poppies’, and it’s cidcle first in a trilogy that I will certainly attempt to read when it comes out.

Aug 23, Pallav rated it liked ggosh. There is a connectivity between every two event, and the whole thing indeed makes up a circle, but 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.

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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. But as the book progresses, it starts feeling too stretched and I lost patience with the innumerable details that it is filled with by two-thirds of the book. 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 reaeon research done by the author.

Ghosh gives the reader a rich cast of characters that are appealing and complex; even minor characters are allotted a potted history in their turn. The feeling was only momentary, however, because I was always compelled onward. The weaver had thought during being trapped under a huge collapsed building, and come out and begun to speak what he thought; and as strange as it seems to the reader if not understood those listening to him did understand perfectly, and begun to organise around his reazon, his now nonstop weaving.