The Lowland

The Lowland

A Novel

Book - 2013
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WINNER 2015 - DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution: the Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author gives us a powerful new novel--set in both India and America--that explores the price of idealism, and a love that can last long past death.

Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. 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 comes 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.

Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676979367
067697936X
Branch Call Number: FIC Lahir
Characteristics: 339 p.

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Harriet_the_Spy Dec 12, 2016

As you read this masterful novel, you think you are learning how family secrets haunt the present. Yet at the end of the novel we discover we too have been lied to, and the weight of the past is political as much as familial. An amazing subversion of the family saga.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

The Lowland is a fabulous novel, and while there were characters, scenes, and moments that I thought could've been pared down some to allow the work to breathe, these were relatively minor. Overall, The Lowland is wonderfully paced and peopled, and the beauty of the journey is certainly worth the effort.

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tenj
Apr 29, 2016

This book is one of those books that I could get defensive about. It's underrated and taken too literally. Give it a chance, don't compare it to The Namesake (please don't do this!), and focus on the relationships over the events.

It is so, so rich. The main theme for me is connection.

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Calaben
Mar 24, 2016

Book club, didn't care for it

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wyenotgo
Jan 26, 2016

I give this one two stars but only for the quality of the writing which is quiet, understated, eloquent. This is a book about loss. As a lonely foreign student, Subhash is abandoned by the older woman with whom he has established a relationship. Then without realizing it, he is victimized by the selfish actions of his brother who, having married a girl against his parents' wishes, gets himself killed and leaves his young pregnant widow as an outcast in his parents' home. That in turn destroys Subhash's relationship with his parents when he marries his brother's widow to take her away to America. His marriage is doomed from the start and after his wife's abrupt departure, even his relationship with his beloved adopted daughter drifts into nothing. The aging Subhash becomes increasingly lonely, abandoned and directionless.
The book moves slowly, with no discernible object, simply the sad, depressing story of a man who has failed, seemingly through no fault of his own.
Disappointing.

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pokano
Dec 01, 2015

I would have given this beautifully written book 4.5 stars, feeling it was marred only by a somewhat weak ending. Subhash and Udayan are two brothers: Udayan is the revolutionary son, Subhash is the dutiful son. When Udayan dies an early death, the ramifications span two continents and 4 generations. Although most of the characters are just everyday people living everyday lives, the author makes us want to care and know more about them.

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bluehydrangea
Nov 23, 2015

A slow read that crackles with tension, right to the end.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Sep 05, 2015

A beautiful book of a family torn apart and brought together again. Engaging characters and an unique story make this book a real page-turner.

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rajdeepl
Feb 08, 2015

I am amazed by the style of the author. The way the story flows and keeps you connected as if you have witnessed this is beyond imagination. I could not stop reading the latter half uninterrupted as I was glued to my kindle for 4 hours..
Great Great novel! I am still thinking about it as this is so close to be a non-fiction.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 07, 2014

Lahiri has demonstrated from past works that she is a capable writer, but she seems strangely detached from her characters in this novel. They never come to life, and this flaw leaves the entire story pervaded with apathy. We can only hope Lahiri will be more inspired with her next project.

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