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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781441835161
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Amitav Ghosh’s extraordinary first novel makes a claim on literary turf held by Gabriel García Márquez and Salman Rushdie. In a vivid and magical story, The Circle of Reason traces the misadventures of Alu, a young master weaver in a small Bengali village who is falsely accused of terrorism. Alu flees his home, traveling through Bombay to the Persian Gulf to North Africa with a bird-watching policeman in pursuit. “A remarkable storyteller, a Scheherezade effortlessly spinning tales within tales, the possessor of a strong narrative voice quite like no other.” — Newsday “Ghosh’s writing soars, producing electric images.” — Baltimore Sun Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clark | 2/19/2014

    " I took a class with Amitav, but I had never read any of his work up to this point. The novel was both surprising and unsurprising. There were things that I expected from him based on his teaching style and the books that he chose for us to read and some of those expectations were met. His attention to detail was immaculate, though occasionally distracting. On the other hand, my favorite part of the book was a section that recounted the dealings of small character in a short story format. It fit perfectly into the context of the novel and served as a microcosm of the rest of the work. Unfortunately, it never seemed like the story had much focus. Even now I'm not entirely sure where it went. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Johnson | 2/13/2014

    " Description of a boarder town hosting refugees (where story is set)--how very, very apt..."The vocation of the melancholy is not anger but mourning. When in need they charge by the hour and sell a bitter sort of consolation." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martha | 2/5/2014

    " I think one star is too much for this book. I did not find the point. All the characters are mentally ill, even though the author tries to pass them as normal. I was hoping to at least learn something from the setting and situations. But the characters are so outrageously crazy that I cannot trust any of the situations or the background setting. Don't waste your time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edith | 1/5/2014

    " Disconnected, baroque, interesting plot structure but less than engaging characters. Liked less than his opium/China coast books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sika Sedzro | 12/28/2013

    " I read the first half of this book and am totally enamored! I'm waiting until I have a bit of time to plow through the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 12/25/2013

    " Amitav Ghosh is one of the best authors ever born on Earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/25/2013

    " I loved In an Antique Land, so I had very high expectations for this novel. I found it enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 12/22/2013

    " This first book written by this great author reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 7/16/2013

    " read rushdie instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 2/12/2013

    " I abandoned this book which is rare for me. I just couldn't get into the story after several chapters. There was no "hook". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Bardhan | 1/14/2013

    " Brilliant novel by Amitav Ghosh, has many underlying themes. Themes you must explore and discover for your self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanthanu | 11/24/2012

    " It started off really well, but the ending seemed like a cop out. Still worth a read just for all the crazy characters from the eunuch businessman to the phrenologist school-teacher, and the crazy Bangladeshi weaver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simi | 11/21/2012

    " I almost finished this book but then lost interest inexplicably. I think it's because the story was not captivating enough, though the language was Ghosh. I think I'll stick to his newer stuff, when he learned how to tell a good story well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/11/2012

    " I thought that this was an interesting read. But it was disjointed and as others have commented characters you have become invested in suddenly disappear. Worth reading though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 10/11/2012

    " Wonderful portraits of the villages and people in this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thirthankar | 7/29/2012

    " A cross-continental novel about Alu, the protagonist, reflecting the irony of all that's 'rational'. The characters weave in stories that form subplots vaguely based on 'historical' events, giving the novel a twist of magic realism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Black | 5/1/2012

    " This was interesting reading but I think I need to read it again as it is very dense and requires a lot of thought. Although I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the Ibis books more as their settings and the characters gripped my imagination more than these did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/26/2012

    " A bit of a goofy tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amulya Arasinamakki | 11/4/2011

    " Lengthy, convoluted, under-developed characters, apt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prakash | 10/8/2011

    " Three stars because it's a first novel. A fabulous beginning in Bengal and then loses it's way as the characters sail out of India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bbbbbbrr | 9/13/2011

    " Liked: A sprawling story of delicious detail with handfuls of characters and their own side stories.. Disliked: The writing finds and loses its pace a couple times. The characters remained remote and somewhat impenetrable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chakrapani Dutta | 6/22/2011

    " one of the initial buks ok mr.ghosh...it was ok...except for some brilliant flashes it was pretty much ordinary... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 6/9/2011

    " I abandoned this book which is rare for me. I just couldn't get into the story after several chapters. There was no "hook". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saikat | 10/11/2010

    " Interesting read...as if I am watching a movie...feeling the touch of the world projected by the author.
    the language carries true bengali flavour "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 6/11/2010

    " This first book written by this great author reminded me of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' "One Hundred Years of Solitude." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 5/23/2010

    " A bit of a goofy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chakrapani | 2/17/2010

    " one of the initial buks ok mr.ghosh...it was ok...except for some brilliant flashes it was pretty much ordinary...
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 7/28/2009

    " I loved In an Antique Land, so I had very high expectations for this novel. I found it enjoyable but not nearly as excellent as I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanthanu | 3/1/2009

    " It started off really well, but the ending seemed like a cop out. Still worth a read just for all the crazy characters from the eunuch businessman to the phrenologist school-teacher, and the crazy Bangladeshi weaver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simi | 12/5/2008

    " I almost finished this book but then lost interest inexplicably. I think it's because the story was not captivating enough, though the language was Ghosh. I think I'll stick to his newer stuff, when he learned how to tell a good story well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 7/4/2008

    " Amitav Ghosh is one of the best authors ever born on Earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/19/2008

    " Description of a boarder town hosting refugees (where story is set)--how very, very apt..."The vocation of the melancholy is not anger but mourning. When in need they charge by the hour and sell a bitter sort of consolation." "

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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.