The Lowland

A Novel
Lahiri, Jhumpa (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Lowland

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"Two brothers bound by tragedy. A fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past. A country torn by revolution. A love that lasts long past death. An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: the best-selling author of The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth. Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America."--Book jacket.
Authors: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Statement of Responsibility: Jhumpa Lahiri
Title: The lowland
a novel
Edition: First Edition
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Report This Apr 12, 2014
  • mnash01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved it. I've read all of Lahiri's books and this may be my favorite. An extraordinary story detailed in her, as always, beautiful prose.

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

grew up in Calcutta and lived the experiences Lahiri has described in her novel. She has been true to the events and her characters portray accurately the young men and women of the time. As is always the case with Lahiri this book too is somewhat woman-centric and Gauri is more or less the main character. She is a bundle of contradictions and her relationship with Bela, her daughter, complex. Subhash's comment, "My mother was right. You don't deserve to be a parent. The privilege was wasted on you." is justified. Lahiri's observations on life through the eyes of her characters are very astute. Biljoli feels the shame of surviving one child and losing another who still lives. This is such a poignant observation; and the book is full of such statements. A very interesting read indeed.

Report This Apr 09, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I read Interpretation of Maladies and really enjoyed it. This one did not do it for me.

Report This Mar 13, 2014
  • LibrarianLaura rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Although a bit slow at times I appreciated Lahiri's ability to draw complex and vivid characters. I also enjoyed the cross cultural backdrop that was present both physically and in the way the characters interacted between themselves and their environments.

For most of the readers who are not conversant with seminal political events in India during the time period referenced in the book, this book can be read as a 'la Dr. Zhivago'. The disruptive times that families had to live thru and reconcile the losses of members has been very well captured. I felt the choice of words were more in tune with the Indian /commonwealth reading audience(sultry instead of humid etc). The' Gauri' character is certainaly a puzzle to understand and at the end of the read, I felt the author was trying torush thru and bring a sane closure to the character to do some 'justice' to the characters intransigencies. As always a serious and a dense read. Thank you, Jhumpa, for articulating the memories some of us have lived through!

One of the best books I've read ever. Not only was I entertained but I also learned about India in the sixties. Beautifully written, read it, I will guarantee you won't be disappointed. I didn't want it to end.

Report This Feb 18, 2014
  • Lanny213 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I am used to reading mystery / detective books where there is a very clear ending: the bad guy gets caught. As I was reading this book I couldn't figure out what the point was and where it was going so didn't enjoy it as much as I could have. I always like to learn something from everything I read and I did learn a bit about unrest in India in the 60s and 70s.

Report This Feb 07, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I used to drink at a bar in Cleveland called "The Lowland." Man, I could tell you some stories. This, unfortunately, is not about that bar (R.I.P. Skinny). Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri's fourth book and second novel somehow won the Pulitzer Prize. She's one of those writers who is good, but dull, yet has made good with the critical establishment (NYT, New Yorker, NPR, etc.). I don't dislike her so much as not get why she's so popular/acclaimed. I enjoy fiction about India (Rushdie, Meta, Mistry) and initially I thought this was going to be about the politics of the 60s and 70s, but then it moves to America and becomes far less interesting. File under "shrug."

Report This Feb 07, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The LARGE PRINT made it easy to read. SHe is a lady novelist.

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • JeanieG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jhumpa Lahiri is probably my favorite author of the past 5 years. I wish she would write faster and more. Her novels, and her short stories are so real, so well told, so amazing. I always feel I know the characters - and I end up missing them. The Lowland is once again a well told story full of family, love, traditions and much info about India of the 60's and 70's.

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