The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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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 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.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525494591
0525494596
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hr., 36 min., 41 sec.)) : digital
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Call Number: eAudio

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AureliaReads
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.

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JessicaTB
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

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ShawTown
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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