The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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"A richly moving new novel--the first since the author's Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety--in search of meaning, and of love. In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met. A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation--a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in--and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender. How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts"--
"An epic novel of love and history and the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of loss and tragedy"--
Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780241303979
9780241303986
Characteristics: 445 pages ; 21 cm.

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pridi_o
Apr 10, 2019

Beyond words... Incredible book.

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. People. The epic scope of continuing political unrest in Kashmir, told by individuals who are in the middle of it.

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writermala
Nov 26, 2018

Arundhati Roy is a great writer. It is, therefore, no surprise that her first book won a Booker Prize. This book is very well written too. At first I felt a little uncomfortable with the charachters but soon they grew on me. Aftab/Anjum is a transgender child born into an orthodox muslim family. She is a woman trapped into a man's body and finds her way to a group of people like her. THis makes her happy and Roy follows her life along the course of the book. The book takes us from the streets of Old Delhi to Kashmir and I was gripped by the violence there. Roy follows the life of three men who are friends and in love with the same woman. The characers are refreshing and history opens up through their lives. A wonderful primer into the Indian social and historical scene. Well worth a read.

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davidp1
Jul 08, 2018

There's a brilliant lecture and discussion by the author here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFom1WihPY

Arundhati Roy is my hero. Her book was tough to follow in places, but it is a wonderful book.

Although the language is poetic I found the story inaccessible. As a reader unfamiliar with subtle aspects of Indian culture and with the vernacular of that country, the book could not hold my attention past 200 pages. I skipped around looking for an anchor in the story line but in the end I put it down. There are too many other good novels on life in India to bother ploughing through this poorly worked story.

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hamerkop
Mar 21, 2018

This book is a mandatory read for the Canadian Broadcasting Company and its reporters, who conveniently refuse to address Gujarat ka Lalle's extremism and Hindu nationalist blood shedding in Rajasthan and Kashmir, in their coverage of India - Canada relations.

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uncommonreader
Mar 14, 2018

Innovative, interesting, complex and harrowing, this novel is an indictment of the "new India" and the oppression in Kashmir and elsewhere under a nationalist Hindu government.

SCL_Justin Jan 25, 2018

The confusion I felt about whether this book is a novel or a collection of linked short stories seems appropriate to a story about hijras and transgender people, and the politics of Kashmir and policing in modern India. These aren't topics that are easily separated into nice boxes, and this book does an excellent job of immersing the reader in that ambiguity. Of course that comes at the cost of a nice simple storyline, but I think it's worth it for the scenes and relationships we get to experience.

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2308873Library
Jan 19, 2018

#10

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Samatuna109
Jan 04, 2018

Can't see what all the fuss is about. Have preferred many other Indian authors.

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