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Learning to be vulnerable

As in almost all his novels, Mr Ghosh opens up new areas of discussion and debate



Uttaran Das Gupta
Early in Amitav Ghosh’s new novel Gun Island, the first-person narrator Dinanath Datta, a Brooklyn-based dealer in rare books, suffers a disappointment in love and is advised by his therapist to not be vulnerable. “Don’t set yourself up to fail, yet again,” he is told. A strange turn of events, however, sets him on an extraordinary journey during which he is compelled to be vulnerable again — and he rediscovers love. This process, in a way, is also a critique of western concepts of rationality and realistic narrative that Mr Ghosh seems to eschew in this book, discovering a new

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First Published: Jun 28 2019 | 12:25 AM IST

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