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The Lowland [Kindle Edition]

Jhumpa Lahiri
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2014
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013

From Subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. In the suburban streets of Calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, Udayan was always in his older brother's sight. So close in age, they were inseparable in childhood and yet, as the years pass †“ as U.S tanks roll into Vietnam and riots sweep across India †“ their brotherly bond can do nothing to forestall the tragedy that will upend their lives. 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, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him.


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A domestic epic that manages to combine the personal and intimate with the political and the public superbly well (Harry Ritchie Daily Mail)

Sublimely brilliant (Esther Freud)

She has an extraordinary power of empathy for her characters and a steady hand for unspooling the knotted threads of their individual motives and histories

(Sunday Times)

An author, at the height of her artistry, spins the globe and comes full circle (Vogue)

Profound … real and convincing. The characters don’t act like people in a novel: they are much closer to real life in their responses, their heartfelt cries of pain

(Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

A sweeping, ambitious story... There is no doubt that The Lowland confirms Lahiri as a writer of formidable powers and a great depth of feeling

(Observer)

She observes the small moments of adapting to a new country particularly beautifully… Cool, measured and beguiling writing

(The Times)

Poignant story and epic sweep

(Tatler)

Elegant and thoughtful

(Literary Review)

Jhumpa Lahiri is an elegant stylist, effortlessly placing the perfect words in the perfect order time and again so we’re transported seamlessly into another place ... Every family story is somehow a war story; Lahiri has a talent for coolly illustrating this truth (Vanity Fair)

Such is the strength, individuality and vividness of Lahiri’s characters, that it’s a loss when their voices finally fall silent (Rachel Hore Independent on Sunday)

Hypnotic ... An excellent example of the art of fiction (Bharat Tandon Daily Telegraph)

[An] immaculately constructed and a model of lucidity, well deserving of its place on the Man Booker shortlist (Mail on Sunday)

A domestic epic that superbly combines the personal and intimate with the political and public (Irish Mail on Sunday)

Moving, surprising and utterly compelling ... It’s as beautiful as anything you will ever read – it touches your soul ... We’re not surprised that Lahiri’s work has made the Man Booker shortlist – it certainly gets our vote here ( Stylist)

Thrillingly nuanced ... Lahiri’s most ambitious work to date, brimming with pain and love and all of life’s profound beauty ( O, The Oprah Magazine)

Epic in sweep, especially when combined with the laden, potent themes, the intertwining of politics and sexuality, the cauterizing of emotional wounds and grievances, and the repetition of places and personalities ... Ms Lahiri's prose hums along as efficiently as a well-tuned engine, showing us the melancholy beauty of coastal New England; the surreal perceptions of an immigrant ... And the tension between generations (Siddhartha Deb International Herald Tribune)

An important novel for Lahiri to have written (Robert McCrum Observer)

This is the sort of domestic epic that manages to combine the personal and intimate with the political and public superbly well (Harry Ritchie Daily mail)

Jhumpa Lahiri is intelligent, astute, informed and genuine … The Lowland is real. Its emotional intelligence is extraordinarily persuasive, as is the calm, quietly intense Lahiri (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)

Lahiri writes with great emotional precision (Anjali Joseph The Times)

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Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the most powerful and ambitious novel yet from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-million copy bestselling author of The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408828111
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (8 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3T6N96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Unaccustomed Earth, her latest collection of stories, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a New York Times Number One bestseller. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A distant place 25 Aug. 2014
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Two brothers, born in Calcutta, live just behind the lowland – two ponds which fill and become one when the rains come. Subhash is studious and obedient, Udayan is a rule-breaker. Their complicit stealing into the private members’ Tolly Club (Udayan’s idea) results in Subhash being beaten. The brothers’ lives take different directions. Subhash takes up a scholarship in Rhode Island. Udayan, politicised and passionate, becomes involved with the Naxalite movement.

Without giving away spoilers, this is a book about absences. Brothers separated, a husband replaced, a mother abandoning a child. Ghosts loom large and the presence of some of the living is ethereal. Lahiri weaves a tale of loss and identity, secrets and guilt. The whole truth and the weight it bears on the characters is only fully uncovered towards the end.

I found the depiction of place powerful – a house, a wasteland, a terrace, a path – each holds far greater meaning when loaded with emotional identification. Small wonder our youngest character rejects roots and becomes transient, working the land, shifting with the seasons, forming and losing groups, but always moving.

However, for me, this book felt distanced and removed. I actually wished for a little dialogue, allowing me to interpret the behaviour and motivations of the key players, rather than reported actions and emotions. The ice creep of disintegrating marriages, withdrawal of affection and a gradual loss of sanity are not easy subjects to address as they lack drama. Yet as truths of life, they do require engagement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly average... 7 Feb. 2014
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Subhash and Udayan are brothers, growing up together in post-independence Calcutta. Subhash is conventional and studious, fully intending to follow the path expected for him by his parents. Udayan is more adventurous and becomes politicised after the brutal suppression of a communist uprising in the small village of Naxalbari. Udayan soon becomes a member of the Naxalites, an offshoot of the Communist Party, which believes in direct action - i.e. terrorism - to achieve its ends. Subhash meantime takes up an opportunity to go to the States to continue his studies in oceanography.

This is where Lahiri makes her first strange choice. Instead of remaining in Calcutta with the charismatic and interesting Udayan, learning more about the Naxalites and the political situation, we are whisked off with the frankly dull-to-the-point-of-catatonia Subhash, and given detailed accounts of the considerably less exciting environment of the campus of a University in Rhode Island, where the most thrilling thing that happens is that Subhash decides not to get involved in Vietnam protests. From there on, we only learn what is happening in India through the occasional letter that Udayan sends, until an incident occurs that makes Subhash return briefly - but only long enough to marry, when he and his new wife return to Rhode Island. The bulk of the remainder of the book is taken up with detailed minutiae about the extremely dull and miserable lives led by Subhash, Gauri and their daughter, Bela. Subhash and Gauri both spend their lives studying and then teaching in Universities so we rarely get off campus and, after an entertaining start, Bela turns into as dull and misery-laden a character as her parents.
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"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri is story about two brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra, who were born and grew up in India.
Although they were always together when they were kids, their future will be completely different due to the choices they made.
When turbulent times of 1960s for India came, Udayan will choose to become politically active while the other brother Subhash will decide to go to America in a search for a better and calmer life of a scientist.
Udayan will join rebellious Naxalite movement and when tragedy will occur, his brother will return from America to find out the truth what happened to his brother and to try to help the people he left behind, mostly to his wife...

"The Lowland" is a good novel that takes place both in India and U.S., describing events in second half of 20th century that changed India, looking through the fate of two brothers who choose different paths in their lives and in some way due to that both would be punished.
The story is written in suspenseful although kind of intimate manner and manages to tell reader a story about not only these two characters and time in which they're living in, but also about the past generations that built Indian society making it so specific in relation to the whole world.

This is a story about willful exile and return, about strong desire to move away from the turbulent events that threaten to destroy you, but as far as running away to the other end of the world, some things that are irresistible like love, family and devotion will pull you back.
Covering the events that are lasting over half a century this is a story about the tragedies that forever changed lives of several generations who became haunted by the past.
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I loved this book, it was so well written. such a wonderful story. I have now bought his latest book The Tennis Player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "They were a family of solitaries"
The story begins in Calcutta in te mid-1950s, and the main characters are two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who were very close in their youth, but whose paths diverge when Subhash... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard
We did Jhumpa Lahiri's short story collection Unaccustomed Earth in our book club a while ago to general approval so I was keen to read The Lowland when it was chosen. Read more
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