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In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale

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  • Title: In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
  • Author: Amitav Ghosh
  • ISBN: 9780679727835
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. Amitav Ghosh

    Amitav Ghosh is one of India s best known writers His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 He studied in Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexandria and Oxford and his first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in 1986.The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medicis Etranger, one of France s top literary awards, and The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C Clarke Award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e Book Awards in 2001 The Hungry Tide won the Hutch Crossword Book Prize in 2006 In 2007 Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Turin, Italy Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice He has taught at many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy.He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn.

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  1. I would rate this book as perhaps the most important book I have read in my life Top five or 10 at least Not least because it creates a new genre we have yet to give it a name But most importantly it struggles to arrive at how temporal displacement is not merely some theoretical device invented by tenuring academics, but rather something that everyday people in the 3rd world actually feel and experience Not least because it demonstrates the power of the archive the ability of the West to loot an [...]


  2. I bought In An Antique Land from a small bookshop in Mussoorie, a lovely town in Northern India I read it while travelling in Northern India Dec 2012 Jan 2013 I love this magical book The story is like nothing I ve read before A mix of antiquity, the interaction of several faiths and contemporary travels and the author researching records of a 12th century slave Amitav Ghosh is an extraordinarily gifted writer.One gets to know the slave and his master, who is a merchant The slave is entrusted wi [...]


  3. In the early 1980s Amitav Ghosh was living in rural Egypt, engaged in field world for his social anthropology doctorate In this book Ghosh plaits together three different stories that of his time living in two Egyptian villages, his return to the villages eight years later and the life of 12th century North African Jewish merchant Ben Yiju and his Indian slave actually of a business associate Bomma Ghosh discovered the Ben Yiju story by examining documents from the massive haul found in the Gen [...]


  4. While this is a good account of the author s stays in Egypt in the 1980s, A It is not exceptional as an accountB The link with the medieval Jew and his slave seems a forced one.I am a little wary when i pick a book by Amitav Ghosh 50 shades of ratings, from the incomprehensible Circle of Reason to the mindblowing Sea of Poppies and everything in between, u dont know what u will get But, may avoid reading his non fiction.


  5. I actually didn t care much for the history part the slaves and all , what I enjoy the most in this book was the part where the author recounted his stay in Egypt It sure was terribly awkward and amusing, to me to be a Hindu Indian in a rural Muslim village Do you burn your dead in India villagers recoil from you with horror Do the Indians not circumcise themselves villagers looking at you strangely Do you really worship cows in India villagers laughing at you Imagine having to deal with that ev [...]


  6. No where near the best from Amitav, yet eminently readable because the immaculate research and the prose so typical of him He is one of the few who can come up with subtly remarkable criticism of the west Unable to compete in the Indian Ocean trade by purely commercial means, the Europeans were bent on taking control of it by aggression, pure and distilled, by unleashing violence on a scale unprecedented on those shores He goes on to state further the determination of a small, united band of sol [...]


  7. A complex, layered novel steeped in etymology and irony Based on the experiences of anthropologist Amitav Ghosh while he studied in a hamlet in Egypt Woven into those modern experiences are stories of the medieval composition of the Holy Land Really worth reading Elegantly written To get the most of this book, don t be afraid to wiki references Galen, Maimonides for a historical context and also it s good to have a pretty decent working knowledge of Muslim and Hindi culture.


  8. This turned out to be a really lovely book I couldn t make up my mind about it for the first 100 pages or so, because although the narrator provides some interesting cultural anecdotes about the small towns in Egypt where he was living, he doesn t insert himself into the narrative in a way that becomes productive or reflective for the reader.That changes about half way through the book, however, when he begins to push back from becoming a stereotyped expatriate, and describes an incredibly vivid [...]


  9. Beautiful I fell in love with this novel, it s soft narration, quaint characters, and rich intricate history 3


  10. Amitav Ghosh is essayist and blogger as well as novelist, and it was the sheer pleasure from some of his essays and blog posts that induced me to take on one of his novels.Of his work this book appealed to me most, due to half remembered reviews describing it as a melange of genres, of nationalities, of languages, cultures, professions, and eras And because Ghosh in Confessions of a Xenophile says his time in Egypt was my equivalent of writing school While living in the governorate of Beheira I [...]


  11. Firstly when I start in reading I was so feared because this is the first time to read in English so I fear to misunderstand or don t get the main idea for this novel ,so I began it in slowly steps but suddenly I felt in love with this novel I really appreciate this kind of travelers novel I think it have a lot of information , knowledge ,experience, history ,tradition and excitement.Amitav have the ability to draw exact images by words ,while you read you can hear the voices of speaker and watc [...]


  12. In an Antique land for me was a very different experienceIt was the first time I read a journal memoir kind of non fictional account of an author s travels I started out expecting some really good medeival tales from Ben Yiju and the slave but it was Ghosh s own experiences in Egypt that proved intriguing and better to me This is my first Amitav Ghosh book and I really didn t know it was non fiction until I was 30 pages into it By then I found it really informative and I thought what the hell, [...]


  13. I found this book rather underwhelming I was keen to really learn a great deal about the relationship among the countries that enjoyed centuries of trade across the Indian ocean, especially modern day India, Yemen, and Egypt The movement back and forth between Ghosh s travels in Egypt and the historical material he found from the Cairo Geniza was quite intriguing and I was willing to overlook the fact that these two parts of his story were quite disjointed I kept expecting them to be tied togeth [...]


  14. Intensely boring The novelty of mixing historical writing with personal narrative was not enough to save this book from being just plain uninteresting A better example of this unique genre would be Maria Rosa Menocal s Ornament of the World where she deftly combines historical vignettes with research Unfortunately, Ghosh s memoirs were largely unrelated to his own work Truly a shame because his research on the Indian slave of a Jewish Egyptian merchant held great promise initially but eventually [...]


  15. In the early 1980s Amitav Ghosh was living in rural Egypt, engaged in field world for his social anthropology doctorate In this book Ghosh plaits together three different stories that of his time living in two Egyptian villages, his return to the villages eight years later and the life of 12th century North African Jewish merchant Ben Yiju and his Indian slave actually of a business associate Bomma Ghosh discovered the Ben Yiju story by examining documents from the massive haul found in the Gen [...]


  16. I suppose the reasons Ghosh is so much better than Katherine Boo at imparting reality to the people he portrays in this book is that first of all, he s a novelist, so he knows how to breathe life into characters, secondly, that he learned Arabic and lived with the people he speaks of over an extended period of time, and finally, that he really liked and cared for these people, as they evidently did for him You get a sense of the warmth and engagement that he as a person must give out, which brid [...]


  17. I think and talk about this book a lot I listened to it on CD, and think it would have been better for me to have read it there are numerous names that all mushed together for me like in a Russian novel that would have been easier if I had visual clues There are several stories First, the story of the author, an Indian actually a Bengali and a Hindu, living in a very small, rural Egyptian village I never quite figured out what exactly he was doing there other than that he was an anthropology gra [...]


  18. Ghosh has a fantastically open and honest voice A wonderful interweaving of past and present This is how I like my history written Medieval Islamic culture, India and Her trade with Egypt and Arabia, the Jewish diaspora and a discovery of medieval documents in a synagogue in the Old Town in Cairo and our modern fracture lines the The common thread here, and common, I may add to most contemporary Indian writers with good reason, is the shifting and surprisingly amorphous boundaries between cultur [...]


  19. An interesting weave of non fiction and fiction I liked the Egyptian history and hearing stories about their fellaheen customs Many of the Ben Yiju and his slave sub stories were long winded accounts of trivial interactions that, most of the time, didn t really add anything to the interesting central story of ya Doktor traveling about the small villages of Egypt as an outsider Overall, the Ben Yiju sub plot added to the past meets present theme of the book, but it almost had a Biblical style of [...]


  20. This had a lot of promise, but didn t really live up to it It s a parallel history of a Middle Eastern Jew and his slave from the 12th century, alongside Ghosh s own experience in 1970s 80s Egypt The point was to provide a kind of contrapuntal narrative, but I never felt like they cohered very well I also thought it degenerated into a pretty traditional tale of The Middle East was a place of wonder and cultural dialogue and peace before the West came and ruined everything His own narrative seems [...]


  21. Read this author for the first time Most probably last time too.The book has 3 streams 1 The authors diary the people of the village where he is staying, their customs, beliefs, his conversations, etc This is the most enjoyable part.2 The story of a slave and his master which the author is researching Till the end I was not quite sure why it is even there.3 Background info of places, rituals etc I realized at the end that this is simply an fyi to the reader from the author Only for adding pages [...]


  22. Interesting ethnographic research and description of life in an Egyptian village in the eighties I ve often wondered what it s like to be a Hindu none Abrahamic adherent traveling in smalltown Mideast Yep, lots of awkward questions about cows and people gasping and reciting protective prayers when they heard about the terrifying horrifying things they do in al Hind, like burning widows But I find the Arab villages thrive on gossip and dramatic hearsay about the outside world rather endearing, re [...]


  23. 4 star 5 star It s a book I m happy, happy reading and want to keep for years Ghosh uses his notes from a year 1980 doing research in Egypt and living in a small village to create a vivid story of people, place, connections disconnections between Egypt and India, in both the late 20th and mid 12th centuries Plus, in these days of hopeful unrest in Egypt, it gives a glimpse of some changes going on 30 years ago that make the present seem almost inevitable The Ghosh I read, the alive and real In [...]


  24. I am personally giving it four stars because I am quite fond of books that give me insight into life in the Middle East or Asia, so I found it interesting That being said, it was very difficult to follow In addition, the thread involving Ben Yiju and his slave was not nearly as central to the book as the reviews led me to believe It felt like a book of loosely related short stories than a narrative Nonetheless, I liked it, but I wouldn t really recommend it to most people.


  25. The vignettes from the life of a tiny poor Egyptian town are fascinating a rare and vivid view into an isolated culture The history part, however, is a disorganized, random info dump it seemed to me he just put all his research notes into the book, without a narrative or cohesion Too bad, because some part of it was interesting, but really, do we need a biography of everyone who came near the documents but failed to discover them


  26. This book makes you long for a time when the world had no definite demarcations as it is today when people and cultures seem to merge and flow and where links between past and future seem to blur Loved every minute of reading it despite taking me months to finally finish it Life took over, what can I say


  27. A fascinating book that is not just well rearched or objective, but is also full of human warmth that is so damnably missing from such books written by many a big names obviously I am referring to Sir VSN I loved it Recommended.


  28. Meh I really enjoyed the story of the main character and his interactions with people along his journey But the rest of the book was all about the history of these documents that he was researching I got lost so many times I found it extremely boring.


  29. This is a book about the fragments in the present that link back to a rich interwoven world of so many years ago A great book that goes far beyond the stereotypes about Judaism, Islam, and India.


  30. Although, this wonderful piece by Amitav Ghosh was published in 1992, I finished reading it only a few days ago It was to do with my own ignorance about someone who has mastered the art of turning totally any dull chronicle into an eloquent and spell bound fiction It is another matter that when it comes to history related to the life of persons, nations or religions, I would like it to be nothing but presentation of pure facts After I had read Hungry Tide last year, I got enchanted with the nar [...]


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