Gun Island

Gun Island

by Amitav Ghosh

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Named a Best Book of Fall by Vulture, Chicago Review of Books and Amazon

From the award-winning author of the bestselling epic Ibis trilogy comes a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage

Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one that 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 that will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood, and about the world around him.

Amitav Ghosh‘s Gun Island is a beautifully realized novel that 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374167394
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 88,335
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amitav Ghosh is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Ibis trilogy, which includes Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire, all published by FSG. His other novels include The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and The Glass Palace. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2007 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009. He lives in India.

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Gun Island 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CPAC2012 3 months ago
Rare book dealer Deen Datta encounters an intriguing new version of a well-known Bengal legend, along with a shrine devoted to it in a remote location. Suddenly, Deen’s belief system is upended, while friends—old and new—help him to embark on a path of discovery about the meaning of old tales in a changing world. I am conflicted when it comes to rating Gun Island. On one hand, it is an absorbing, well-told tale from beginning to end. On the other hand, it relies on so many eye-rolls inducing coincidences that it becomes ridiculous long before the end is in sight. Moreover, I found hard to believe that a sane, mature man would be so gullible and emotionally frail; the legend rattled the protagonist more than it had any right to. It seems that Amitav Ghosh could not decide if he wanted to breathe life into an old legend by exploring its possible impact in the modern world, or if he wanted to write a full-blown manifesto on climate change and human trafficking. Was the legend an allegory? I just couldn’t decide, and maybe Ghosh could not either, which is a pity because the novel is eminently readable. Disclaimer: I received from the publisher a free e-book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.