The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017
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"A richly moving new novel--the first since the author's Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety--in search of meaning, and of love. In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met. A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation--a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in--and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender. How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525494607
Characteristics: 13 audio discs (16 hr., 27 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 14, 2018

After a fascinating start, the book becomes broken - which, I guess, the author intended -- reflecting what she depicts as a broken and deeply troubled society. The novel stops, often, and we endure overly long, angry political rants. The shift in characters and narrator voices was tedious. Could not finish it. "A Fine Balance" made the same points more concisely, in a more subtle, sophisticated way using characters we cared about deeply.

Jan 12, 2018

This was a little overwhelming at first. I almost gave up because I didn't know what was happening. I kept at it because of these "little truths" that kept popping up unexpectedly. Then before I knew it - we came full circle. Definitely NOT for the feint of heart. Rich details, quirky characters and crazy twists. Good read

Oct 20, 2017

What just happened? I'm not sure. Did I love the book - yes absolutely. I don't know what I will miss the most Arundhati Roy's voice or that tangled worm-pile of characters that I'm not even going to attempt to sort out. Mostly though I will miss little Miss Jabeen.


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