The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: ‘The Literary Read of the Summer’ - Time Paperback – 7 Jun 2018
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She is back with a heavyweight state-of-the-nation story that has been ten years in the making (Daily Mail)
Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first (Financial Times)
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness confirms Roy's status as a writer of delicate human dramas that also touch on some of the largest questions of the day. It is the novel as intimate epic. Expect to see it on every prize shortlist this year (The Times)
Heartfelt, poetic, intimate, laced with ironic humour...The intensity of Roy's writing - the sheer amount she cares about these people - compels you to concentrate...This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India (Daily Telegraph)
Teems with human drama, contains a vivid cast of characters and offers an evocative, searing portrait of modern India (Tatler)
A beautiful and grotesque portrait of modern India and the world beyond. Take your time over it, just as the author did (Good Housekeeping)
Fantastic. The novel is unflinchingly critical of power, and yet she empowers her underdog characters to persevere, leaving readers with a few droplets of much-needed hope. It's heartening when writers live up to the hyperbole that surrounds them (Hirsh Sawhney)
A kaleidoscopic story about the struggle for Kashmir's independence (Washington Post)
A sprawling, kaleidoscopic fable about love and resistance in modern India (The Guardian)
The follow-up we've been longing for - a poetic, densely populated contemporary novel in the tradition of Dickens and Tolstoy. From its beginning, one is swept up in the story... With her exquisite and dynamic storytelling, Roy balances scenes of suffering and corruption with humour and transcendence(Vogue)
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'Wise, vivid, evocative. We've had to wait 20 years for Arundhati Roy's follow-up to The God of Small Things. It has been worth it' Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler
'Gripping, shocking and moving' Asian Age (India)
'Captures India's chaotic beauty. A tumultuous tragicomic story' Boyd Tonkin, Newsweek
'Dazzling' Laura Ferrero, ABC (Spain)
'Magisterial, vibrant. Roy's second novel works its empathetic magic upon a breathtakingly broad slate' O, The Oprah Magazine
'Compelling, musical and beautifully orchestrated' Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
'Magnificent' O Globo (Brazil)
'Superb' Sunday TelegraphSee all Product description
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I am going to stop reading it as life is too short - though I do hate not finishing a book
Sadly, after a fair start, it turned out to be a turgid plod through what could have been a good story. Roy did conjure up some wonderful scenes with her writing, but at various points I wanted to scream at her to just get on with it. Seriously, it could have been edited to half the length and thereby turn into a very good book. With a pile of books by my bed, I eventually gave up around halfway through.
Of the 12 of us in our Book Club, only four people finished it, and we're all keen readers (but not with infinite amounts of time for reading). I think that says it all really. Our combined score for the book was 2.5 out of 5.
Meanwhile wither Kashmir, and will the individuals carrying out these atrocities actually in the end suffer from the realisation of what they have done? Only when ensconced in a safe Society that throws the past into sharp relief, perhaps with books like this. Myanmar????