The Circle of Reason

by Amitav Ghosh
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Amitav Ghosh's The Circle of Reason is a diasporic narrative. Explain.

Amitav Ghosh's novel The Circle of Reason is a diasporic narrative because it focuses on Alu's adventures as he is forced out of his homeland and into new places, situations, and experiences that are much different from his normal way of life.

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A diasporic narrative explores the lives of people who spread out away from their homelands and are immersed in new cultures and new experiences. These people also encounter alienation in their new environments. They do not fit in, and they struggle in their living and working conditions as they learn...

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A diasporic narrative explores the lives of people who spread out away from their homelands and are immersed in new cultures and new experiences. These people also encounter alienation in their new environments. They do not fit in, and they struggle in their living and working conditions as they learn the ways of their new homes. This struggle often leads to feelings of frustration as people living in the diaspora cope with adjusting to their new homes and feeling out of place and out of touch. They also often experience feelings of nostalgia for home and for their traditional ways of life.

The Circle of Reason by Amitav Ghosh centers around Alu, an orphan raised by his uncle Balaram. But when Balaram is killed in a bomb explosion, Alu must flee his home and his country and travel to a new place. He must become a member of the diaspora. He sails to al-Ghazira and lives there for a while, trying to adapt to his new life in a totally new environment. But then, Alu must leave once more, for he is pursued by Jyoti Das, a police officer who thinks that he set the bomb in his uncle's home. Alu becomes a wanderer, making his way through North Africa, trying to escape the past and find a future.

Indeed, The Circle of Reason is a diasporic narrative because of Alu's forced uprooting from his home and normal way of life and because of his continual exposure to unsettling new experiences and new places.

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