Amitav Ghosh

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Amitav Ghosh

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1SqueakyChu
Redigeret: sep 18, 2006, 10:31 pm

I just discovered this author while looking in my library for a CD to listen to on my way to work. I chose The Hungry Tide and have already fallen in love with the story even though I haven't listened to the entirety of disc 1 yet!

I really like the three characters I've met so far and the way the landscape is described. The fun of the CD is that I can listen to the Indian characters speak with their native accent. How much fun!

What other books by this author should I look for? I can already tell I like his writing. I'm just surprised I haven't discovered him sooner.

2cabegley
sep 15, 2006, 8:31 am

Try The Glass Palace, SqueakyChu. I loved it. (It's not in my library because I lent it to my mother a couple of years ago--I'm sure she'll read and return it someday!) I bought The Hungry Tide from Audible a few months ago, but haven't listened to it yet. After reading this, I'm putting it next in line.

3SqueakyChu
sep 15, 2006, 10:27 am

Thanks! The Glass Palace goes on my wish list!

4Tex.13 Første besked:
sep 17, 2006, 8:02 am

I was introduced to Ghosh on a module for my MA. We read The Glass Palace, Circle of Reason, In an Antique Land, Calcutta Chromosome and The Shadow Lines. I must say I love his writings, but I do find that he has a tendency to stray from the story although I do enjoy his writing style.

5SqueakyChu
Redigeret: okt 12, 2006, 12:02 am

...but I do find that he has a tendency to stray from the story

What do you mean by this?

I like what Ghosh explained about the history and enironment of the Sundarbans in The Hungry Tide. As I'm not that familiar with southeastern India, I found that what he added to this story enhanced my enjoyment of it. Additionally, I sought other information regarding the history and geography of the Sundarbans online. For me, those "tangents" of his fleshed out the story for me in a positive way.

P.S. I also love the colorful book cover of this hardback copy of this book. Don't you?

6SqueakyChu
sep 17, 2006, 9:01 am

Tex.13,

Which of Ghosh's books is your personal favorite?

7SqueakyChu
Redigeret: sep 17, 2006, 10:18 pm

The Glass Palace came off my wish list. I bought it today!

8Tex.13
sep 18, 2006, 5:20 am

When I say Ghosh has a tedndency to stray from his storyline I should have been more clear. Sorry. He writes in a cyclical style and tends to stay away from a linear approach. This is in keeping with Eastern styles rather than the Western styles. I do like this, but it can be confusing to those unfamiliar with his writing style. So when you're reading something like The Shadow Lines, and he takes you to the present, to the far past the future and back to the present it can be confusing.

That said, it's still enjoyable to read. My favourite story is Calcutta Chromosome, but as far as imagery is concerned, it's The Glass Palace.

9Sivani
sep 18, 2006, 12:43 pm

I was about to second the recommendation for The Glass Palace - it is one of my favorites as well.