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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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Once upon a time, an Indian writer name Amitav Ghosh set out to find an Indian slave, name unknown, who some 700 years before had traveled to the Middle East. The journey took him to a small village in Egypt, where medieval customs coexisted with 20th-century desires and discontents. But even as Ghosh sought to re-create the life of his Indian predecessor, he found himself immersed in those of his modern Egyptian neighbors.

Combining shrewd observations with painstaking historical research, Ghosh serves up skeptics and holy men, merchants and sorcerers. Some of these figures are real, some only imagined, but all emerge as vividly as the characters in a great novel. In an Antique Land is an inspired work that transcends genres as deftly as it does eras, weaving an entrancing and intoxicating spell.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bakul | 2/16/2014

    " Author's discovery process of the ancient times spanning a wide range of countries and trading practices is very unique. I read some of the master pieces of travel books, my favorites include those written by Chatwin and Vikram Seth. This book comes very close to those books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/16/2014

    " 2012-11-24 -- Very enjoyable and readable. A fascinating glimpse into the past, and insightful analysis of the present global world we live in. Loved Ghosh's sympathetic portrayal of his friends and their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riju Ganguly | 1/14/2014

    " A fascinating book that is not just well-rearched or objective, but is also full of human warmth that is so damnably missing from such books written by many a big names (obviously I am referring to Sir VSN). I loved it. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Grayman | 12/11/2013

    " Easily one of the best books I have ever read! Meditations on history, philology, anthropology, and fieldwork... all disguised as an accessible travel memoir spanning across centuries in Egypt, India, England, Iraq, Yemen, and more! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 11/28/2013

    " A Book Club pick-- I found the back and forth btw the historical and the modern very disjointed. Too much religion for my taste in the modern section; though it was obviously of import, I didn't enjoy it. The story ends on an ambiguous note, which I enjoyed and yet wished for an afterward to confirm the friend's missing status in Iraq a year (or years) later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenica | 11/18/2013

    " Not impressed! Disguised as an antropological research project, the book is an account of believes of Egyptian people, habits and misunderstandings... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/18/2013

    " This was an interesting and well-written part memoir, part exploration into history through manuscripts. I enjoyed reading about Ghosh's experiences in a land foreign to him (Egypt) as well as he investigations into the story of a Jewish merchant from the 12th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Divakar | 11/1/2013

    " One of my favorite books..Why? It showed me that progress isn't linear. Jews, muslims, hindus lived and traded and even intermarried in the 16th century along the trade routes which is inconceivable today... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/28/2013

    " I read this for a class in college. And read it again after college b/c I remembered enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emylie | 9/4/2013

    " little hard to get into, but it pays off in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron Powers | 8/22/2013

    " Age of amazing enlightenment: trading world from India to Spain 1000 years ago. wow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/13/2013

    " A travelogue of an Indian scholar retracing the lives of merchants of the Indian Ocean during the turn of the first millennium. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikita | 11/15/2012

    " boringggg "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poupeh | 5/27/2012

    " one man's journey into a land and into the history and mystery of some ancient letters... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 4/4/2012

    " I love how this book transcends genre. It is history, biography, memoir, travel narrative, and fiction. While I got a little lost in all of the "characters", it was interesting to see how Ghosh interwove his own stories with those of the people he interviewed and studied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 10/19/2011

    " Thanks, Naeem. I enjoyed the author's journeys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 5/29/2011

    " Easily one of the best books I have ever read! Meditations on history, philology, anthropology, and fieldwork... all disguised as an accessible travel memoir spanning across centuries in Egypt, India, England, Iraq, Yemen, and more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bakul | 4/27/2011

    " Author's discovery process of the ancient times spanning a wide range of countries and trading practices is very unique. I read some of the master pieces of travel books, my favorites include those written by Chatwin and Vikram Seth. This book comes very close to those books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isolabella | 1/13/2011

    " This was a wonderful travel story of the author in Egypt. Amitav Ghosh is an excellent story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 8/17/2010

    " I love how this book transcends genre. It is history, biography, memoir, travel narrative, and fiction. While I got a little lost in all of the "characters", it was interesting to see how Ghosh interwove his own stories with those of the people he interviewed and studied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Falisha | 8/8/2010

    " didn't help my frustration with being Indian in Morocco. good to hear I'm not the only one who can't stand it at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 5/3/2010

    " Amitav has a way with personalizing prose. His narrative is intimate and thoughtful. This book is fascinating and worth reading. The editing could have been a little tighter. "

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About the Author
Author Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and raised and educated in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom, where he received his PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, and Dancing in Cambodia. His previous novel, The Glass Palace, was an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain. Recently published there, The Hungry Tide has been sold for translation in twelve foreign countries and is also a bestseller abroad. Ghosh has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He now divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor, and his homes in India and Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.