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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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