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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.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780307265746
0307265749
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 25 cm

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Dec 07, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Lahiri has demonstrated from past works that she is a capable writer, but she seems strangely detached from her characters in this novel. They never come to life, and this flaw leaves the entire story pervaded with apathy. We can only hope Lahiri will be more inspired with her next project.

Nov 28, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Although I enjoyed Lahiri's other books and although this novel was nominated for both the Man Booker and the Bailey's prizes, I found this family saga set from the 1960s to the present day disappointing. Characters seemed type-cast and references to the Naxalite movement were oddly superficial. The novel did contain any insights nor tell the reader much.

Oct 19, 2014
  • Vic4132 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Extraordinary writing. Pulitzer prize-winning talent. This could be real-life drama, carried out though in Bengali and America. Near enough to the quality and character depictions of John Steinbeck.

Oct 10, 2014
  • athompson10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Elegantly written. A complex story about love, loss and regret and what is left behind when one leaves the country and culture of one's birth.

Jun 17, 2014
  • stewaroby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book, although it's hard to put your finger on why it is so good. While reading it I felt I was fully inhabiting the world the characters were living in. It's the first book of Lahiri's that I have read and I wasn't expecting much given its reviews, most of which seemed to say her other books were better. The moral may be ignore reviews. But then you'd have to ignore me when I say it's worth reading.
Whatever. Make up your own mind.

May 28, 2014
  • mcglass rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jhumpa Lahiri's writing appears on each page with spacious ease and unusual candor. The story in The Lowland is spread out over several decades in the lives of the four main characters.

The joy in reading this book can be felt threw the authors attention to the rich details of every day life that soon reveal emotional insights into each characters response to a shared turning point, a trauma.

April 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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