The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

by Jhumpa Lahiri

The fourth offering from Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland is a novel at once forceful and delicate, passionate and disinterested. In it, Lahiri weaves an intricate narrative across continents and generations, setting her story against a backdrop of decades of world history, shifting culture and political intrigue.

Beginning in post-Independence India the story follows the Mitra family, centring upon two brothers, Udayan and Subhash. Although inseparable as children, their lives take wildly different paths as the novel begins to unfold between the Naxalite uprisings and political unrest in 60s India, and the contrasting life of America and western culture. 

Ultimately a novel of family ties and the effects of our actions and choices on others, The Lowland is a beautifully crafted work. Lahiri is unflinching in her portrayal of each character, each detail and nuance ringing true. Intimate, expansive and without sentimentality, it is a subtly engaging read that speaks far beyond the details of the love and tragedy that it depicts.

 

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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This is a beautiful book although quite sad.its the story of two brothers both born in India who are at the same time both close and yet very different.The story follows the lives of both brothers and their families in calcutta and Rhodes Island USA.The writer has a keen interest in relationships and family dynamics and the writiing flows easily but with unexpected twists.i really enjoyed reading this book.

Rating: 4 star
Patricia Eccles
Cape town
5 August 2014

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