Author: Ghosh, Amitav, Binding: Hardback, Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd, Series: N/A, Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division, Published: 06/06/2019, Pagination: 320 pages, Classification: Fiction & related items, Country of Publication:
24.1 cm H | 15.9 cm W | 3.3 cm T | 516 g Wt
Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one which 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 which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him. Gun Island is a beautifully realised novel which 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.