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Gun Island Bundook Gun A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta s world upside downA 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 which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him Gun Island is a beautifully realised novel which 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

About the Author: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is one of India s best known writers His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 He studied in Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexandria and Oxford and his first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in 1986.The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medicis Etranger, one of France s top literary awards, and The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C Clarke Award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e Book Awards in 2001 The Hungry Tide won the Hutch Crossword Book Prize in 2006 In 2007 Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Turin, Italy Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice He has taught at many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy.He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn.

10 thoughts on “Gun Island

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    A beautifully written, richly descriptive novel from Amitav Ghosh, of history, of legends, magic and folklore, environmentalism and our place in a world consumed by turbulence, endangered by global climate change The contemporary world with its problems of migration, refugees, and Fortress Europe, and the personal search for identity, faced by so m

  2. Lou Lou says:

    Gun Island is a contemporary novel worth savouring rather than devouring, and as we travel seamlessly between times and continents we are treated to an epic adventure of immense breadth and depth Encompassing a range of themes including important and prevalent topical issues such as climate change, the refugee crisis and the influx of migrants flowing throu

  3. Em*bedded-in-books* Em*bedded-in-books* says:

    A very weird story An attempt at mixing up many issues , creating a hodgepodge of events The issues touched upon in this book are culture and belief mysticism magic ability to converse with understand non human animals environmental issues and climate change slavery and trafficking illegal immigrants and their problems faced I may be missing an issue or two The stor

  4. Rajat Ubhaykar Rajat Ubhaykar says:

    A surreal, transcontinental tale of climate change distress migration that straddles the animal human kingdoms, and spans the 17th 21st centuries I quite enjoyed this, though I m pretty sure I m going to be dreaming of venomous snakes and spiders tonight A surreal, transcontinental tale of climate change distress migration that straddles the animal human kingdoms, and spans

  5. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Ok, now I know if I want to read him again The first half was almost a 4 star despite all the strange intersects and disconnecting portions of continuity Because the writing was mood placing and thorough Just a wonderful job for the Sundurbans endlessly changing waterways and marshes, but also for the magic or other non physical, almost spiritual or at least of spirit level to the po

  6. Simona Bartolotta Simona Bartolotta says:

    3.5The treasure hunt plot proved to be a great vehicle to combine the ancient legend and contemporary climate change problems that, merged together, constitute the backbone of the book, and I adored it However, I have a number of issues with the second part of the book I believe this book manifests a tendency towards a sort of mysticism which the author tries to connect to topical issues of s

  7. Anna Anna says:

    It s unusual for me to read a novel while knowing with pretty high confidence what the author is trying to achieve It certainly looks like Ghosh is following his own advice from The Great Derangement Climate Change and the Unthinkable, which explores why so little recent literature has examined the current impacts of climate change There is plenty of futuristic post apocalyptic so called cli fi, but t

  8. Laura Laura says:

    Reading was my means, I thought, of escaping the narrowness of the world I lived in But was it possible that my world had seemed narrow precisely because I was a voracious reader After all, how can any reality match the worlds that exist only in books This was my first Amitav Ghosh novel and I doubt it will be my last While the story touched on many prevalent issues ie climate change migration , what I most ap

  9. Ilana Ilana says:

    A story which weaves a Bengali folk tale from the 17th century with today s catastrophic events brought by climate change, from the migrations of both animals and humans, which have terrible consequences on the displaced, for the animals struggling for survival and the humans desperate for opportunities for decent living, who are treated as just another commodity to collect body parts and fuel political disputes and ma

  10. Kasa Cotugno Kasa Cotugno says:

    Beautifully written, as other Ghosh books I ve read, I love the interweaving of myth and realism as his take on current events unfolds through the eyes of a rare book dealer living in Brooklyn Deen has several moments of truth, and we accompany him as he goes deep into the Sundarbans, a mangrove swamp area between Bengal and Bangladesh, Los Angeles and Venice, culminating on a ship in the Mediterranean Ghosh has a love of the p

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