Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri

A beautiful story narrated very eloquently!  I have read all of Jhumpa Lahiri's books because I like her writing, but possibly more because I identify with the subjects she writes about.  She bridges the two countries and cultures very smoothly, and creates realistic characters with their strengths and shortcomings.

This jacket of this book advertises her literary praise
"Writer of uncommon elegance and poise"
"Splendid - Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints"
"Such direct, translucent prose you almost forget you are reading"
I could not express any better.

The book shares some history of the Naxalite movement in India and paints a vivid picture of the middle class life in Kolkatta after Independence.  There is even a sense of suspense, you keep turning the pages wanting to know what happens to the characters.  Is Gauri selfish, ridden by her own demons, true to her love...what about the brothers? So close yet so different?  Did Subhash gain ultimately or lose?  Was Bela (yes one of the characters shares my name) at peace eventually?,

This would make a great book club book and generate a lot of discussion about people, their motivations and actions ....and ofcourse how they impact those around them.  Changes the trajectories of some lives, enriches others...or simply fades away.

I highly recommend reading this book.  Of all of Jhumpa's books, I feel this one is more universally appealing - though the readers straddling the Indian and American cultures will enjoy it even more.

Who was your favorite character?  Did you like the ending? Did the history fascinate you?  Are you likely to read her next book?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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1 comment:

  1. I did not yet read this books and look's very interesting.Lately i used to read more about real estate books on how to invest and make sales.Well i am gonna look for this in bookshop.