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The Circle of Reason by Amitav Ghosh (Hardcover)

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“The Circle of Reason” is a novel written by Amitav Ghosh, first published in 1986. It marks Ghosh’s debut as a novelist and is known for its rich storytelling and exploration of themes such as identity, belonging, and the collision of cultures.

Set in the fictional town of Lalpukur in eastern India, the novel follows the life of Balaram, a young boy born with a hunched back and a gifted intellect. Despite his physical deformity, Balaram possesses a remarkable ability to reason and a deep curiosity about the world around him. However, his unconventional beliefs and rational thinking often lead him into conflict with the conservative society of Lalpukur.

As Balaram grows older, he becomes embroiled in a series of events that force him to flee his homeland and embark on a journey across continents. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters and experiences the complexities of colonialism, religious fanaticism, and political upheaval.

“The Circle of Reason” is celebrated for its intricate plot, vivid descriptions, and profound insights into the human condition. Ghosh’s writing is characterized by its blending of realism with elements of magic realism, creating a narrative that is both captivating and thought-provoking.

Overall, “The Circle of Reason” is a powerful exploration of the forces that shape individuals and societies, offering readers a compelling portrait of life in a rapidly changing world. It established Ghosh as a major voice in contemporary Indian literature and laid the foundation for his subsequent literary achievements.

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