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Gun Island

Narrated by: Sagar Arya
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A spellbinding, globe-trotting novel by the best-selling author of the Ibis trilogy.

©2019 Amitav Ghosh (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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  • Bangalore
  • 08-06-19

Contemporary fiction on climate change

Contemporary fiction on climate change

Master storyteller Amitav Ghosh takes on the contemporary issue of climate change in this work of fiction the Gun island.
After the ibis trilogy the epic historical fiction that so vividly portrayed and transferred us readers to the eighteenth and nineteenth century south asia under the grips of colonial imperialism, the gun island is set around the contemporary issues of migrants intelligently interwoven with the issue of climate change. One of the moments in the novel worth reflecting upon is when it compares human migration from the Sunderbans and other parts of the world to the migration of dolphins , birds crabs , spiders and worms to foreign lands as a result of climate change.

The book leaves you with a feeling that sends you pondering over coincidences from the past present and future. Its characters ranging from cold rational scientifically oriented Pia to a warm matronly Cinta whose belief in life's and the universe's co-incidences, miracles and faith is wonderfully interwoven in the story and instills in us the realization that there is so much about the interconnectedness that still lies undiscovered by the scientific rational thinkers.

Substantially shorter that many of other Amitav Ghosh's novels this one also leaves you with a feeling that many loose ends in the story have been left untied. Despite that shortcoming overall a great work of contemporary fiction .

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Superb if a bit overly didactic and academic at times

A tad overly didactic and overly academic at times which detracted from the story line. Also too much reported second hand particularly in the first part of the book.I Was very disappointed not to spend more time in the Sunderbans. There were two stories at least at work here terms of the shrine and gun merchant and the author’s obvious passion for fighting climate change. Sometimes I feel the story telling became secondary to the points he wanted to make about environmental preservation. The anti colonial rant in the last chapter, came out of the blue, added nothing to the story and could have been edited out. Overall though superb. A life changing, enriching and deeply spiritual novel. Do read. Lots of thought provoking stuff. Bravo. A rare thing! A novel that assumes the reader is highly intelligent and does not dumb the reader down.