Gun Island (Hardback)Amitav Ghosh (author)
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In his first novel since 2015’s Flood of Fire, pre-eminent Indian author Amitav Ghosh takes readers on an epic journey in the company of a reclusive rare book dealer who finds himself swept up in a world on the move. Engaging with the issues of climate change and diaspora that have driven his recent non-fiction, Gun Island is a novel that engages powerfully with the most pressing of contemporary concerns.
Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta's world upside down.
A 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.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 241 x 159 x 33 mm
'Gun Island is a book of reckless and persuasive scope, a huge, rambunctious reckoning with our environmental declension.' - The Sunday Times
'Ghosh is a deeply serious writer, sure of his human and historical insights ... I cannot think of another contemporary writer with whom it would be so thrilling to go so far, so fast.' - The Times
'A born storyteller.' - The Literary Review
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'This is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope.' - The Sunday Telegraph
'A ripping post-colonial yarn... Ghosh spins a fine story with a quite irresistible flow, breathing exuberant life... an absorbing vision.' - The Guardian
'Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing.' - The Times
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