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  • Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
  • Author: Arundhati Roy
  • ISBN: 9780670089635
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things.The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is wA dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things.The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love and by hope The tale begins with Anjum who used to be Aftab unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her including Musa, sweetheart and ex sweetheart, lover and ex lover their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be We meet Tilo s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs Graveyard the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy s storytelling gifts.
    The Ministry of Utmost Happiness A dazzling richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian

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    1. I, like many people, have heard of the success of Roy s The God of Small Things from twenty years ago It s been on my mental longlist of books to read since before existed Perhaps it was a mistake to put it off and opt for Roy s newer release instead, but all I can say is my expectations have significantly lowered after reading The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.At first, I thought the story was slow, dense and hard to follow It took me a couple hundred pages of squinting hard to see the truth the [...]

    2. This is a novel that captures the life that Arundhati Roy has lived and the issues that have consumed her since the publication of her groundbreaking The God of Small Things It is a story about our contemporary world, of India, and Pakistan, delivered through the microcosm of individuals living through the never ending and harrowing conflict in Kashmir, and the fringe communities of outsiders in Delhi It begins with the observation of vultures being eliminated through poison, a metaphor for the [...]

    3. Last year as part of my annual women of color reading challenge, I read international Man Booker award winner The God of Small Things 1999 Full of luscious prose and distinct story telling skills, Arundhati Roy expertly tells her readers a story of life in newly partitioned India Roy is an author who I would easily race to bring home her new books albeit one issue following the success of The God of Small Things she did not write another work of fiction Roy has spent her career as a journalist a [...]

    4. 2017 Award for the Read I was Most Afraid to Dislike I can t go on I have spent hours getting to 50 percent I can t do it.This book is draining me despite a few passages of immense brilliance.My Infinite Jest of 2017 and because I can t finish itkely my worst read.A new title for me is The Ministry of Utmost Frustration

    5. When the harp begins to sing and the guitar begins to harp, things change dramatically That is why the book by A Roy has become a dramatic monologue of the ideas and innuendos that she often offers off the books Reference to the past events are always the best way to write a novel however, a subtle mechanism behind recalling the events of the past and making them sound like one wants to does call for a scrutiny Roy s thoughts against the Indian state are well known Nevertheless, one a reader of [...]

    6. 464 pages of utter garbage organic as well as inorganic against the Indian state as well as the popular belief, this is what the book offers you Unless you are an ardent follower of the ideas that Arundhati Roy usually offers as a perfect example of hired gun by the people with vested interest, there is nothing in this book for you So, don t be a reader like many including me who have wasted our money and time reading this unworthy material You can read about this book on the link below The Min [...]

    7. Originally appeared here timesofindiadiatimes li How does a lament sound Like a distorted sonorous wave Hitting the crest with a shrill cry and falling to quietude with mangled whimpers Or like a prolonged stream of soiled garble, comprehensible only to its beholder I don t know on which note of the spectrum this book might fit in, but I do know that this book is a lament lament on the daily struggles for dignified survival borne by the scarred populace of war torn Kashmir, which unfortunately I [...]

    8. Truly, this is a remarkable creation, a story both intimate and international, swelling with comedy and outrage, a tale that cradles the world s most fragile people even while it assaults the Subcontinent s most brutal villains.It will not convert Roy s political enemies, but it will surely blast past them Here are sentences that feel athletic enough to sprint on for pages, feinting in different directions at once, dropping disparate allusions, tossing off witty asides, refracting competing iron [...]

    9. This is one of the trickiest books to review because it is good and bad at the same time likeable and non likeable at the same time Fans of Roy should expect a novel that is so unlike its predecessor The writing is beautiful, grim and dingy compared to The God of Small things and Roy has managed to fit in almost all the problems of India, both political and social The plot is weak, characters lack depth and the book could have been easily shorter But on the other hand the book gives a quick gli [...]

    10. The Millstone of Unfair ExpectationsI am, by nature, a punctual person I was very late to one novelistic Roy party and relatively early to the next But in this case, it was the one I was late for that I enjoyed In 2014, I finally read The God of Small Things, Roy s award winning and then only novel, published nearly 20 years earlier I loved it the lyrical mysticism, the layers of meaning and metaphor, the tangled plot, the complex characters, and the rich but unfamiliar setting See my review HER [...]

    11. Inner dialogue while reading The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness This is funOh this is sadThis is boring This is boring Who is this Skip ahead to the part about the interesting character Shit now I don t know who they re talking aboutGo backThis is boring Skip ahead againSkimSkimSkimOnly 48% through It s a Man Booker keep goingSighThese judges always do this to meFinish reading in my carIt s hotI m doneNext

    12. DNF No ratingSeveral days ago I posted that I was considering giving up on this book I very rarely DNF anything, and it pained me to consider quitting this highly anticipated novel I rather enjoyed Roy s previous novel, The God of Small Things, and I am always drawn to books that will teach me something about another culture I don t mind a challenge However, I was not simply challenged I was befuddled I wasn t sure what the author was trying to deliver It seems that my background on recent Indi [...]

    13. By standards of a conventional novel, this is a failure It is one of the most interesting failures I ve read It s a sprawling, ambitious novel with no plot Many of the elements of modern India Dalit and hijra rights, the occupation of Kashmir, tribal land enclosures, Hindu fundamentalism, Maoist uprisings are here It s alive on every page This is bound to piss off far right patriots and nationalists of every stripe It will probably also piss off people who read solely for entertainment and need [...]

    14. I was in school in 1997 98, living in a small township Most of my reading was limited to the age appropriate fare on offer at our school library, which I had far outgrown and read twice over All of a sudden, this new book by an unheard of Indian author was being covered by the print media and the one TV news program , and it felt like a good bet to spend my hard earned pocket money on The hardcover cost about Rs 400, which seemed like a big amount for someone who had only bought 2nd hand Archie [...]

    15. How to review The Ministry of Utmost Happiness It is indeed a tough feat because it s such a complex novel And at the same time it lacks so much that I really struggled to follow what was happening.Having previously attempted to read Roy s debut and Booker winning novel, The God of Small Things, and not finished it, I m actually quite surprised I ended up completing her second and longer one.But this book had so much potential So much I really never wanted to stop reading it, even when I was con [...]

    16. 4 stars for the prose2 stars for enjoymentI ve heard so many wonderful things about Arundhati Roy s The God of Small Things that I was really looking forward to reading her latest despite a few less than shining reviews I was still looking forward to reading The Ministry of Utmost Happiness What can I say about my actual experience reading this I was occasionally awed by her prose, lovely This is a moving story filled with the horrors of man s inhumanity to man, not a new topic, but not one to b [...]

    17. Onvan The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Nevisande Arundhati Roy ISBN 067008963X ISBN13 9780670089635 Dar 445 Safhe Saal e Chap 2017

    18. Lots to say about this one I ll only offer a few brief remarks, as much of that has no doubt been said before The book starts in a graveyard no cheery prospect, as the carrion birds die of ingesting analgesics meant for livestock We then follow Anjum, a Hijra look it up , through her life and upbringing She finds a temporary community, flourishes there, but then is caught up in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom That is where we return to the beginning of the novel, where she builds a home in the graveyard [...]

    19. I am not going to give this 5 stars because it did not totally win me over the way The God of Small Things did However it was still a very satisfactory reading experience.I must say first though that there is a lot about politics and politics do not interest me one tiny bit as much as they do Arundhati Roy So I have to admit to the teeniest amount of skimming from time to time Which is a shame because she writes so very beautifully at all times I have not been to India but she makes me feel as t [...]

    20. The much anticipated follow up to The God of Small Things I know opinions have been divided about this, but for me it did not disappoint It is panoramic in scope with a vast range of characters It ranges across the Indian subcontinent with a special focus on the conflict in Kashmir The novel s real focus is the marginalised, the victims of corruption, oppression and prejudice The novel s politics is laced with irony and humour There is also great human warmth amidst the horror.As always Roy s wr [...]

    21. I m giving up on this one It has flashes of her brilliance, but it wanders too far and too often from the path.

    22. Arundhati Roy waited 20 years to write the follow up to her Booker prize winning and best selling debut novel, so unsurprisingly many publishers vied for this book She tells in a Guardian interview how she chose the successful publisher She told her literary agent, I don t want all this bidding and vulgarity, you know She wanted interested publishers to write her a letter instead, describing how they understood her book She then convened a meeting with them OK, her agent prompted afterwards You [...]

    23. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you to the author, Arundhati Roy, and the publisher, Knopf, for this opportunity.I can both acknowledge and deny the power of this book It is a novel without a story It is a story without a narrative It is about everything and focused on nothing And not knowing this sooner formed much of my early discontent with a novel that defied its own noun s traditions at every possible junction.Beautiful penmanship trumps all, for me And [...]

    24. This is a political book from A Roy, reflecting on the conflict and times of turmoil between India and Pakistan over Kashmir The multitude of intricacies the problems the peoples of that region had to face for many decades are being told through the viewpoint of many protagonists each fighting their own demons and telling their part of the multifaceted drama The effects of new imperialism, exploitation of people s lands, corruption of governments, people divided by religon, effects of invasion o [...]

    25. I spent weeks listening to Roy read her new book to me She has a darling, child like voice contrasted with a mouth that utters the most shocking things rarely spoken aloud Her characters reflect the world in all its diversity gay, straight, trans, politicians, destitute, landlords, and untouchable caste India doesn t seem so distant all of a sudden And that, I argue, is the reason to read this book Much of what Roy shares in terms of culture is unfamiliar but her characters and their motivations [...]

    26. Expectations would be your vilest villain if you venture into The Ministry of Utmost Happiness wanting to relive that oh so delicious reading of The God of Small Things As the clich goes, a rude shock would awaken you if you were that naive You have to understand that Arundhati has switched professions and is now of an activist than a writer This is Arundhati the activist s book except for some parts few and far between where Roy s literary originality, mischief, and humor pokes its head out fo [...]

    27. How to tell a shattered story By slowly becoming everybody No By slowly becoming everything.I ve always said that nothing can break my heart like Indian writing can I realised that first while reading Roy s first book, and it still holds true The reason behind this, I think, is that Indian writing for me is personal, intimate, close than any other writing can be It s much, much than just fiction, just literature, which is why reading it as just that is not possible for me Consequently, I can [...]

    28. I, like so many of us, was anxiously looking forward to read this book after such a long hiatus With all due respect for a writer who waited so long to put out a second book after the overwhelming and life altering success of her first one and imagining the anxiety she must ve suffered because of the hysterical expectations for her next one I must admit I found this book uneven, difficult to follow Almost as if in the course of these twenty years Roy had attempted to write different novels, and [...]

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