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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May 12, Somayan Basu rated it did not like it.

With only a hazy idea of the future,there is still abundant faith and hope. May 17, Murali Neelakantan rated it liked it. In a conflict reason literally explodes killing all but the young new expert of weaving forced to flee across the land and ocean to another country in search of a safe life.

But I realized what it is. His detailed characterizations are usually a delight to read but this time it was plain boring and pointless as half of them disappear in the first half itself. There is a connectivity between every two event, and the whole thing indeed makes up a circle, but And other characters who are more fully developed drop out of the story as one section transitions to the other.

He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn. It is a wonder, the connection of reason with creation of art, art that is not merely bought for ridiculously high price to hang or lie about the house just to score against someone or show off but is a direct use and pleasure and wonder for millions for millennia.

And along the way,a random duration of time really,we become well acquainted with all the lives that overshadow or influence the way the events unfold for him as his journey takes him full circle.

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In bringing forth these images, Ghosh uses beautiful language with just enough humor. All the characters are mentally ill, even though the author tries to pass them as normal. Mar 13, Riju Ganguly rated it liked it. However, the plot has too many characters and their sub plots are too confusing to keep track.


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Pasteur was an economist. Nothing had happened anyway. Those of us who have been lucky to live amongst coconut palms and lemon trees will immediately recall the effect that these trees, which circlee 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.

I know it’s cultural, but I think in his more recent books, he has a better editor, and the more recent books read more fluently and cleanly. Ghosh, as always, delivers a solid cast of absolutely intriguing characters, some so full of whimsy that at one point I got a faint sense of Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; the characters become so well developed and become close acquaintances that it is with some wistfulness that I bid them adieu.

Alu and his companions are constantly being pulled into This was Amitav Ghosh’s first novel, and in this I saw the start of the style which led to the complex intertwining of characters and tales in his more recent books. He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy. And that’s what it’s all about!

We can only cheer him on,as with the last two of his companions,he prepares to begin yet again. 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. Unfortunately he spends much of the narrative as a silent bystander.

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Then as it goes on one cannot help but begin ghosg chuckle inward, and much of the first part stays at that level of beginning to perceive the characters and the philosophies and motives while the chuckling continues sporadically, never rising to a laughter but always bringing comfort. Want to Read saving…. 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.


Cirdle is wonderfully well written, beautifully written, but sometimes I wondered where it was o or what the plot actually was.

The humanitarian ideal wins, even in death, and frees the living to proceed to live with hope, looking north to another continent or west to another ocean, or back to home. The attention to detail never ceases to amaze. I have given up on this as the point of it escapes me there are too many characters perhaps not helped by the fact that the names are unfamiliar and I’m not always sure what sex they are.

The influence of his time in Egypt is evident here with colloqual Arabic phrases thrown in when Zindi and her friends exclaim.

I could not even sympathesize or empathesize with them. I took away a star cause the reasln dragged a bit towards the end. There were things that I expected from him based on his teaching style and the books that he chose for us to read and some of those expectations were met.

Amitav Ghosh is becoming one of my favourite storytellers. The Circle of Reason is divided into three parts, and each section on its own presents a compelling story with amita sympathetic protagonist at the center. I do like dessert and I feel as if I have been cheated out of it after being served a delicious meal, Ghosh’s herbal tea just does not cut it for me.