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Most often the native tongue of nations of ethnic and cultural variety, books in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and to some extent South Africa remain rooted in British ideology and the innate historical context.

Producing an ever greater number of quality writers in the English language, India, however, is an exception. Among the first to gain critical success across the seas, Amitav Ghosh is one such author, and The Circle of Reason , published in , is his debut novel. The phlegmatic Shombhu Debnath and more vivacious Toru Debi are integral parts of his everyday life as much as the bicycle repairmen, policeman, and schoolmaster of the village.

The episodes picaresque enough, that Ghosh imbues the narrative with a sense of the believable-unbelievable only heightens the feel of life in the village. In the vein of South American writers who have used the magic realist mode of fantasy to discuss European imperialism, colonialism, and the remnants thereof, so too does Ghosh use the mode to outlay Indian concerns in the post-colonial era, gravity eventually pulling the novel into the waters of tragedy.

Like Nabokov, Conrad, Ishiguro, and other successful writers for whom English is a secondary language, Ghosh shows himself in full command. Better than many successful writers in the US and UK, he controls and colors the narrative, telling a multi-layered story in a rich, competent hand. In fact, as his later novels would prove, Ghosh has something of a knack for language, presenting idiosyncrasies of character and dialogue in native form. The Circle of Reason can thus be wholly enjoyed on the surface alone.

But what gives the novel its value is the themes beneath. Ethnic history the subject, Alu takes India with him to the countries and places he eventually calls home, intertwining his past with his present. But as can be inferred from the title, logic is the main theme of The Circle of Reason. A mix of enthusiastic, brooding, rebellious, proud, and vibrant characters, his development is informed by all manner of humanity.

That the setting evolves underfoot, from India to places beyond, only adds color to a parrot of a story. Unknown April 8, at PM. Jesse April 8, at PM. Unknown August 1, at PM. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.


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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. The Western idea of reason and science has always been one of the most important tools used by Europeans in the colonial project to define the differentiation between native and European and the hierarchy between these two groups. In the context of Indian civilization, Europeans built their own stereotype through the emphasis on the supposed superiority of analytical reason and of Western science, while they also built the image of Indians as passive, religious, and illogical beings. Thus, the post-colonial fiction becomes a vital instrument for working with these stereotypes without the constraints imposed by the technicality of scientific text, which still suffers from the prejudices of Western binary division between science and religion or spirituality.


The Circle of Reason

It is more accessible than, say Salman Rushdie, more Dickensian, full of sound and fury, and with a strong narrative. The Indian orphan Alu lives with his uncle, the ambitious and righteous Balaram, whose plans to help his village put him constantly in conflict with the village's corrupt chief, Bhudeb Roy. His uncle's plans anger Roy once too often, and in an eruption of violence one night, Balaram is killed. Alu must flee, leaving his love, Maya, behind.

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