Ugh this book was so confused and badly written. Hated each character, convoluted plot. The research was very well done but everything else sucked.
Some of the ‘dead zones‘ are as large as middle-sized countries. 😧😔
I loved this - I‘m always up for a bit of magical realism, and mixed in with some of my other favourite themes (the environment, identity, folklore, the refugee crisis in Europe, historical fiction), this was just my kind of book. I‘m always drawn to books set in India too, and this is in part, as well as California, Venice and New York. Beautifully written story as well.
My first Ghosh but not my last. I love how this book blends decoding an ancient legend with character study AND existential issues of our day—displacement due to climate change. Deen is from a part of India that suffers flood after flood. He also lives in Brooklyn, sells rare books, and is a former academic. Plus he‘s lonely. The supporting characters and locations are terrific. 5/5
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This one came up a few times with the #clifi prompt in #booked2019. A year later, I‘m just getting to it. I‘ve barely started, but it‘s a library book so I need to focus! And it should be an interesting pair with Autobiography of a Yogi.
This is my super late post of my #NovemberTBR.
#GunIsland (currently reading)
#PrettyGuityWomen (Read it)
#IfICouldOnlyTellYou (Read it)
#AftertheFlood (Read it)
#TheChain (Read it)
#AskAgainYes (not pictured. Read it)
#QOTD: Have you read any of these books? What's on your November Hopefuls list?
A #CliFi that reads like a thriller! Ghosh in his inimitable style weaves stories within stories that reel you in tighter with every passing page. Almost every Book of his has transported me back in time. This was no different. But what‘s new to his writing is this sense of urgency. And rightly so. That I‘m yo-yoing between seasonal prompts of #Booked2019 is additional proof that #ClimateChangeIsReal. #SundarbansToVenice #TimeTravel #WeAreInNature
Just completed this ARC, courtesy of Netgalley. Ghosh is one of my favorite novelists and Gun Island focuses on climate change, migrations of refugees, power of myths and folklores, and the random workings of chance. It narrates how Dinanath Dutta‘s quest for a legend becomes a story of 17th century Venice, the Sunderbans in India, the travels of refuges, displacement and privilege, & the hope inherent in humanity. #SummersEndReadthom