Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh audiobook

Gun Island: A Novel

By Amitav Ghosh
Read by Sagar Arya

Blackstone Publishing 9780374167394


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Runtime: 10.36 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A Vanity Fair Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2019

A London Guardian Pick of the Day

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“With sweeping exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility…this important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face.” Annie Proulx, New York Times bestselling author
“A Bengali Da Vinci Code…Gun Island is a book of reckless and persuasive scope, a huge, rambunctious reckoning with our environmental declension.” Sunday Times (London)
“Tales of escapology, of deprivation and persecution, of impossible yearnings for a new world that bring us, inexorably, to the terrified refugees on the Mediterranean. Which is, perhaps, Ghosh’s essential point.” The Guardian (London)
“Amitav Ghosh…wants literature to explore the environment as much as it does other crises.” New York Times
“Flitting across continents, Ghosh deftly summons up a pungent sense of place, whether in the mangrove swamps of Bengal or the misty, cobbled streets of Venice.” The Times (London)
“Deals with two of the biggest issues of the current moment: climate change and human migration. But it’s not homework…[it’s] a good, old-fashioned diversion around these particular poles…A book unafraid of ideas can be bracing.” Washington Post
“With the melodic cadence of South Asian-accented English, Sagar Arya narrates this mystical novel…Arya provides colorful inflections for Deen and his various Asian-American friends who provide critical keys to unlocking the mystery he is pursuing.” AudioFile
“A modern retelling of a Bengali myth. He believes old legends have a lot to teach us about how to think about the catastrophic effects of climate change.” NPR
Gun Island makes us wonder whether the warming planet can also revive premodern legends that lay buried in different cultures for extended time periods…What happens when age-old stories embedded in the permafrost of intergenerational memory suddenly thaw?” Literary Hub



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Author Bio: Amitav Ghosh

Author Bio: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is the multiaward–winning author of books of fiction and nonfiction. He has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize, among others.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English