Gun Island (Hardback)
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Gun Island (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 06/06/2019
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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
ISBN: 9781473686656
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 241 x 159 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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

Praise for the Ibis Trilogy: - .

'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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“A story that spans space and time....”

Amitav Ghosh creates a spellbinding story that begins in Sundarbans in India and finishes in Venice. The story spans history and the present time, exposing the effects of climate change on the environment and how it... More

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KimG9

“A novel with deep roots”

Gun Island is part adventure story, part mythology, part social analysis and partly a personal witness to environmental crisis. In it we take a look at a number of weighty subjects; the power of story and mythology... More

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TheBookTrail

“Novel set in India and Venice - a magical realism kind of adventure”

You can always guarantee a good solid story when you pick up a book by Amitav Ghosh and this is no exception. It’s a magical tale, one made up from legends, fantasy and full of magical realism too. Locations switch... More

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