National Book Award Finalist. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an. The official site for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, author of But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their. Does Man-Booker-shortlisted novelist Jhumpa Lahiri’s real skill lie in short The Lowland, included this week on the Man Booker shortlist.

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For college, she attends a Midwest liberal arts school. But he had no sense of himself without Udayan.

The Lowland

See the ghost who ruins. Even at 50 percent in, I was muddling in murky waters. Mar 18, Ming rated it it was amazing.

The ambitious, if uneven narrative traces the tensions between husband and wife, and between mother and daughter, as Gauri’s parental instinct battles with her yearning for independence. But this book seems like a fascinating idea grown stiff in the telling. It’s like she has reached out to me from across the shores of the Pacific, held my hand and gently propelled me towards a life-like portrait of Calcutta, my Kolkata, the maddening, mystifying, glorious and ugly city of my birth which will remain as beloved to me by any other name, towards the people who inhabit its upscale townships lowlanr dingy shanties, towards the unknown stories of hardship and triumph which breathe life into this jungle lahiiri steel, brick and mortar, towards the struggles of an ill-fated generation now forgotten in the mad dash jhupa globalization, towards a culture which has molded me into what I am today.

According to Indian custom, the child will be given two names: Comparing jhumap that I liked this story more because of its range and prevalence not only in terms of space and time but also in terms of the sweep, it has produced within and outside of those relationships, which you carried forward to next generations of your characters.

Much of the political situation was more detailed. The tension rests just bene I won’t recount the storyline as it’s amply available. Whether this succeeds will depend on how much strained emotional logic you are willing to ignore in order to be moved and uplifted. You do it so well that I usually get immersed in it. This sends Subhash into a frenzy. The worst thing of all? Shifting between Subhash’s studious absorption in the estuaries and wildlife of Rhode Island, and Udayan’s spiritedly engaged life back in India, the first part of the book seems to be building towards a kind of grand, pincer-movement confrontation with the double tragedy of modern life: Gauri also becomes uneasy with keeping Bela in the dark regarding Udayan and when she expresses this to Subhash they agree that they will tell her one day together.


It’s at this point that a chill begins to steal over the novel. I won’t write much about the plot because publication’s still so far off, plus: But it will help if you have lived, at some point in time, in a city christened Calcutta by the British and rechristened Kolkata the pure Bengali name centuries later by a government intent on erasing telling signs of a nation’s unfortunate colonial past.

This is not an enjoyable book. Trivia About The Lowland.

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Gauri, who meets Udayan through her brother, is at first apathetic to him. Like in The Infatuations, by Javier Marias, several characters are unable to let go, though the response in Marias’s characters is more rat I’ve been postponing writing a review of this book because I’m not loaland what I can say that hasn’t been already said by others in a more eloquent fashion.

Lahiri is undoubtedly talented – I loved the Namesake, and thought Unaccustomed Earth was great. Nov 29, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Udayan becomes involved in lowand underground communist movement, while Subhash pursues postgraduate education in America.

Tragedy is inevitable, and families struggle to readjust and heal. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jul 20, Sofia rated it really liked it Shelves: ISBN In this exquisite novel, Jhumpa Lahiri revisits some of her major themes—dislocation, assimilation, family connection, and the difficulties of love—but in this instance she develops her characters and circumstances in greater depth than ever before. A melancholic tale narrated with restraint and distance.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – review

Want to Read saving…. Gauri meets professor Otto Weiss, who notices her talent and encourages her to pursue a doctorate, which she does. Sensible Subhash would, I’m sure, make an excellent, nice and reliable work colleague but written about as he was her The political history was interesting – s student radicals in India – but most of The Lowlandwhich takes place in subsequent decades, is just another overly serious modern American family saga immigrant subtype.


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See one mother live with anguish, see another live with ambivalence. From memory as I don’t have a copy with me “Do you like it here? It is boring in its own way: Generally, historical novel have a way of seeping you in history through plot and characters, but in this book, the characters take second stage to the history.

OK that’s what most of her books have in common The political brother becomes more entangled in terrorist type jnumpa and along the way marries the sister of one of his comrades. Two or three paragraphs describe a river and a bridge and him looking at same, before he actually replies in any shape or form.

I don’t adore political history anyway 2. Gauri steadily withdraws from Subhash, and then finds herself unable to love her child, Bela.

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I won’t go into the subject of Udayan’s misguided idealism and the havoc it wreaked in the lives of his loved ones. See what happens when people refuse to reconcile the past. As there are two brothers of opposite temperaments jhumla this book, perhaps it is appropriate that I am of two minds about the book. There are some slow moments, to be sure, especially in the beginning when she has to provide the historical and political background of the Indian Naxalite movement, which in the mid—s embroils one of the two brothers central to this tale.