Summary

Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Born just 15 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.
But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind - including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.
Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.
Long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize
©2013 Jhumpa Lahiri (P)2013 Random House Audio
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Critic reviews

"Haunting... A novel that crosses generations, oceans, and the chasms within families... Lahiri’s skill is reflected not only in her restrained and lyric prose, but also in her moving forward chronological time while simultaneously unfolding memory, which does not fade in spite of the years. A formidable and beautiful book." ( Publishers Weekly)
"An absolute triumph. Lahiri uses a gorgeously rendered Calcutta landscape to profound effect.... As shocking complexities tragedies, and revelations multiply, Lahiri astutely examines the psychological nuances of conviction, guilt, grief, marriage, and parenthood, and delicately but firmly dissects the moral conundrums inherent in violent revolution. Renowned for her exquisite prose and penetrating insights, Lahiri attains new heights of artistry - flawless transparency, immersive intimacy with characters and place - in her spellbinding fourth book and second novel. A magnificent, universal, and indelible work of literature... Lahiri’s standing increases with each book, and this is her most compelling yet." (Donna Seaman, Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Baloo on 28-03-15

Loved it

I nearly didn't buy this because of the negative reviews and because listening to the brief sample the narrator did sound a bit flat. I'm so glad I did though as after a short time listening I was mesmerised. The narrator's style just takes a little time to get used to but is actually very appropriate and effective once you settle into it.
I loved this story and will definitely read more by this author.

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3 out of 5 stars
By emma on 03-09-17

High quality writing, low emotions

The writing was excellent, but I would really like to ask the author if she could please just let some of her characters have a few moments of happiness, just once! All the major and minor characters seem to move between states of loneliness, grief and guilt with barely a glimpse of joy in between. It makes it difficult to enjoy the story, despite the quality narration by Sunil Malhotra.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ninell on 27-07-17

Highlyrecommended

Rich, multi-dimensional, sensitive - this is an excellent story of the tragedy that is life. It will stay with me.

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