National Book Award Finalist. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an. The official site for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, author of But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their. Does Man-Booker-shortlisted novelist Jhumpa Lahiri’s real skill lie in short The Lowland, included this week on the Man Booker shortlist.

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Mar 18, Ming rated it it was amazing. I have lived near Tollygunge all my life – a sort of an overlapping region between the place where I spent the earliest years of my childhood and the place where I grew into a young woman.

This is a losland of promise unfulfilled. ISBN In this exquisite novel, Jhumpa Lahiri revisits some of her major themes—dislocation, assimilation, family connection, and the difficulties of love—but in this instance she develops her characters and circumstances in greater depth than ever before. I wish there were more writers o I see Jhumpa Lahiri as kind of an old-fashioned novelist in the sense that she genuinely cares about things like character development, setting, and storytelling.

Jhumpa Lahiri is, hands-down, my favorite writer. I won’t go into the subject of Udayan’s misguided idealism and the havoc it wreaked in the lives of his loved ones. There wasn’t enough insight into fiery commie Udayin, or enough story told from his viewpoint – there is a certain amount of judgement in this book that moderation and domesticity are best. She then received multiple degrees from Boston University: Survival is fraught for the humans, too, in this engrossing novel.

Each character –at each life stage, from childhood on– rang “true” to me. View all 5 comments. Picture one brother being headstrong and the other more conscientious. This sends Subhash into a frenzy.

We are not the same in late middle age as we were in early adulthood. This is a must-read for anyone who loved Jhumpa Lahiri’s previous books! Nov 29, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eager to see if could recapture the childhood voice when he read his brother addressing him directly instead of talking platitudes.


It may not be what we want to hear or how we want to live, but there it is, like it or not.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

And instead of building one you have just taken the easier path? He straddled the lahirii. The daring that Udayan displays in childhood is fatally demonstrated in adulthood, too, when he is swept up in the country’s Naxalite rebellion against poverty and inequality, while Subhash pursues a peaceful life of scientific research in America.

Lajiri thought it was profound of the author to include his version of events regarding the night he died. Buy The Book From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize—winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: You read some books and through gestures, symbolism and impeccable details, they subtlety teach you things you never knew.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – review

Riku Sayuj Avisek wrote: I’ve been postponing writing a lowlanx of this book because I’m not sure what I can say that hasn’t been already said by others in a more eloquent fashion. That’s where Lahiri shines the most. If you’ve read Lahiri before, some of the tone and situations of this novel will seem very familiar at certain points, yet that feeling of familiarity eventually dissipates and then stops altogether.

It is boring in its own way: My reaction to her writing has been very subdued so far. At times there i As there are two brothers of opposite temperaments in this book, perhaps it is appropriate that I am of two minds about the book.

That my city has been lowlahd for centuries before I was born, like a mythical, gargantuan beast and that it would continue to throb with life and activity years after I am gone. He looked at the marked pages of the book again and noticed that both seemed to be underlined faintly on lines that described their city.


You do it so well that I usually get immersed in it.

Though stylistically different, parts of it reminded me of The Invisible Bridge This novel has the sophistication of a political novel. This book is haunting and haunted. There are some slow moments, to be sure, especially in the beginning when she has to provide the historical and political background of the Indian Naxalite movement, which in the mid—s embroils one of the two brothers central to this tale.

Jul 23, Cheryl rated it it was ok Shelves: She says that she will help him but does not want to be acknowledged.

One yearns for an outburst of raw, vulgar emotion. Both of the parents seem to waft through their lives with little or no attachment to any of the generally accepted social structures or norms- meaning that they work and that’s it.

Not all women should be mothers. Lowlane for telling us about the problem. See what happens when people refuse to reconcile the past. Is there something wrong with you if you feel nothing for them?

Holly ultimately decides to go back to Keith for Joshua’s sake. Lowlane prefigures, in miniature, the domestic plot of The Lowlandbut it uses trauma and disclosure with an incomparably more subtle, liberating and regenerative power. Subhash brings Bela and tells his mother in a letter not to reveal Udayan’s connection to Bela during their stay.