Gun Island

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Author : Amitav Ghosh
Detail : “Bundook. Gun. a typical word, however one that turns Deen Datta’s world the wrong way up. A dealer of rare books, Deen is employed to a quiet life spent inside, however as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he’s forced to line out on a rare journey; one that takes him from Bharat to la and Venice via a tangled route through the reminiscences and experiences of these he meets on the method. there’s Piya, a fellow Bengali-American UN agency sets his journey in motion; tree, AN entrepreneurial young man UN agency opens Deen’s eyes to the realities of growing up in today’s world; Rafi, together with his desperate conceive to facilitate somebody in need; and Cinta, AN ex UN agency provides the primitive person within the story they’re all a region of. it’s a journey which can upend everything he thought he knew concerning himself, concerning the Bengali legends of his childhood and concerning the planet around him.

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Gun Island : A Novel

Fiction

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages - 320
ISBN - 0374719411


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Detail - 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.

Gun Island :

Fiction

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Hachette UK
Pages - 320
ISBN - 1473686660


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Detail - 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.

Gun Island :

Fiction

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin
Pages - 320
ISBN - 0735239452


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Detail - From the award-winning author of the bestselling epic Ibis trilogy comes a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage. “With sweeping exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility, Ghosh takes us into a world where desperate refugees trickle through borders like water from melting ice, but where massing animals find no escapes. Old legends and ancient myths take on new meaning. The difficulties of characters in the Sundarbans begin to appear the world over as the climate becomes a forcing element. Our ordinary lives with air travel, cell phones, friends in distant places, smart-mouth teenagers, life insurance, money and investment concerns intersect with forest fire, flooding, storms. This important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face.” ―Annie Proulx, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 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.

The Great Derangement : Climate Change and the Unthinkable

Literary Criticism

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - University of Chicago Press
Pages - 196
ISBN - 022632303X


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Detail - Is our imagination adequate to the realities of global warming? The novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that we need art and literature to help us imagine our future in the Anthropocene, but that they are falling short of the task. If culture cannot help us see the realities of our plight, then our era, which so congratulates itself on its self-awareness, may come to be known as the time of the Great Derangement. A case in point is fiction, which is so committed to normalcy and the everyday that it has no space for the improbability of climate change events the persistent droughts, hundred-year storms, and freakish tornadoes. Our politics, likewise, seems unable to mobilize forcefully in response to climate change. Ghosh argues that politics, like literature, has become a matter of individual moral reckoning, a journey of the solitary conscience rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. A powerful nonfiction work by one of our most gifted, historically attuned novelists, "The Great Derangement "brings a fresh urgency to thinking on climate change. "

Imam & the Indian, The (PB) :

Egypt

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin Books India
Pages - 380
ISBN - 0143068733


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Detail - The Imam and the Indian is an extensive compilation of Amitav Ghosh s non-fiction writings. Sporadically published between his novels, in magazines, journals, academic books and periodicals, these essays and articles trace the evolution of the ideas that shape his fiction. He explores the connections between past and present, events and memories, people, cultures and countries that have a shared history. Ghosh combines his historical and anthropological bent of mind with his skills of a novelist, to present a collection like no other.

The Hungry Tide :

Americans

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin Books India
Pages - 233
ISBN - 9780670082193


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Detail - Between The Sea And The Plains Of Bengal, On The Easternmost Coast Of India, Lies An Immense Archipelago Of Islands. Some Are Vast And Some No Larger Than Sandbars; Some Have Lasted Through Recorded History While Others Have Just Washed Into Being. These Are The Sundarbans. Here There Are No Borders To Divide Fresh Water From Salt, River From Sea, Even Land From Water. The Settlers Of The Sundarbans Believe That Anyone Without A Pure Heart Who Ventures Into The Watery Labyrinth Will Never Return. Survival Is An Everyday Battle For These People Who Have Managed To Strike A Delicate Balance With Nature. But The Arrival Of Piyali Roy, Of Indian Parentage But Stubbornly American, And Of Kanai Dutt, A Sophisticated Delhi Businessman, Threatens To Upset This Balance. Kanai Has Returned To The Islands On The Request Of His Aunt, A Local Figure, For The First Time Since The Death Of His Uncle, A Political Radical Who Died Mysteriously In The Aftermath Of A Local Uprising. When Piya, Who Is On The Track Of The Rare River Dolphins, Hires Fokir, An Illiterate But Proud Local Man To Guide Her Through The Backwaters, Kanai Becomes Her Translator. From This Moment, The Tide Begins To Turn. Amitav Ghosh Has Discovered Another New Territory, Summoning A Singular, Fascinating Place, Another World, From Its History And Myth, And Bringing It To Life. Yet The Hungry Tide Also Explores Another And Far More Unknowable Jungle: The Human Spirit. It Is A Novel That Asks At Every Turn: What Man Can Take The True Measure Of Another? Click Here To Visit The Amitav Ghosh Website

Sea Of Poppies (PB) :

Slave trade

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin Books India
Pages - 428
ISBN - 0143066153


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Detail - Sea of Poppies is a stunningly vibrant and intensely human work that confirms Amitav Ghosh's reputation as a master storyteller. At the heart of this epic saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean to the Mauritius Islands. As to the people on board, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval in the mid-nineteenth century, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed village-woman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited European orphan. As they sail down the Hooghly and into the sea, their old family ties are washed away, and they view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers, who will build whole new lives for themselves in the remote islands where they are being taken. It is the beginning of an unlikely dynasty.

Jungle-Nama :

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - John Murray
Pages - 288
ISBN - 9781529349351


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Shipwreck :

Juvenile Fiction

Author - Gordon Korman
Publisher - Scholastic Inc.
Pages - 129
ISBN - 9780439164566


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Detail - Follows a group of six kids stranded on a deserted island as they embark on a quest for survival that tests their limits.

The Glass Palace :

Author - Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin Books India
Pages - 233
ISBN - 9780670082209


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Detail - The Glass Palace Begins With The Shattering Of The Kingdom Of Burma, And Tells The Story Of A People, A Fortune, And A Family And Its Fate. It Traces The Life Of Rajkumar, A Poor Indian Boy, Who Is Lifted On The Tides Of Political And Social Turmoil To Build An Empire In The Burmese Teak Forest. When British Soldiers Force The Royal Family Out Of The Glass Palace, During The Invasion Of 1885, He Falls In Love With Dolly, An Attendant At The Palace. Years Later, Unable To Forget Her, Rajkumar Goes In Search Of His Love. Through This Brilliant And Impassioned Story Of Love And War, Amitav Ghosh Presents A Ruthless Appraisal Of The Horrors Of Colonialism And Capitalist Exploitation. Click Here To Visit The Amitav Ghosh Website

Flood of Fire :

Fiction

Author - Amitav Ghosh
Publisher - Penguin UK
Pages - 632
ISBN - 9352140222


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Detail - ‘A triumph of storytelling’ The Hindu It is 1839. The British, whose opium exports to China have been blockaded by Beijing, are planning an invasion to force China’s hand. In Calcutta, Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor, dreams of his lost love and of a way to make his fortunes. Heading towards Calcutta is Havildar Kesri to lead a regiment of Indian volunteers in the upcoming war. In Mumbai, Shireen Modi prepares to sail alone to China to reclaim her opium trader husband’s wealth and reputation. In Canton, Neel becomes an aide and translator to a senior Chinese official as Beijing begins to prepare for war with Britain and the more he sees, the more worried he becomes—for the Chinese have neither the ships nor the artillery to match the British in modern warfare. The future seems clear but do the Chinese know it?

Island of Fire : The Battle for the Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad

History

Author - Jason Mark
Publisher - Rowman & Littlefield
Pages - 656
ISBN - 0811766195


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Detail - Stalingrad was one of the largest, bloodiest, and most famous battles in history as well as one of the major turning points of World War II. For four winter months during the battle, German and Soviet forces fought over a single factory inside the city of Stalingrad. Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, Island of Fire presents a day-by-day—at times hour-by-hour—chronicle of that pitiless struggle as seen by both sides. The book is unparalleled and exhaustive in its research, meticulous in its reconstruction of the action, and vivid in its retelling of the street-by-street, hand-to-hand fighting near the gun factory.

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