- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: RHI (11 September 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8184003862
- ISBN-13: 978-8184003864
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lowland Hardcover – 11 Sep 2013
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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 --Harry Ritchie- Daily Mail
About the Author
About the Author: Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian-American author of the bestselling works of fiction like Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and Unaccustomed Earth. Her educational qualifications include a BA degree in English literature from Barnard College and multiple degrees from Boston University, including an MA in English, an MA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature. Lahiri is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, a PEN/Hemingway Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center since 2005 and has taught creative writing at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
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Anyway overall the book is good enough which easily exceeds those drawback.
The thing I really liked about this book was, the events , the details have not been exaggerated, she has kept it to a minimum without depriving readers of the experience.
Jul 26, 2013
Sofia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: n-america, asia, literary
I've been postponing writing a review 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. So I'll record here my lingering reaction, the feeling that has stayed with me after two months:
This book is haunting and haunted. A pair of linked tragedies disrupt forever the lives of three generations. Like in The Infatuations, by Javier Marias, several characters are unable to let go, though the response in Marias's characters is more rationalized, analyzed over and over, while in The Lowland it leaves the characters partially stunted, emotionally paralyzed and sort of vacant. Of course, the individual reactions vary, but there's this common empty room in their hearts that refuses to be filled. Lahiri drives this point home painfully and beautifully through actual vacated spaces: balconies, home offices, beds, chairs, etc. where the absent linger in spirit, forever haunting the ones who stayed. This is a powerful emotional read, and obviously a very sad one, though I could discern mostly hope in the final pages.
If you're looking for a grand, sweeping, but intimate novel that will find a spot in your heart and refuse to let go, don't miss this one
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