After finishing this book even though I tried to move onto other books, but this one kept creeping back into my mind. The last time I experienced suchAfter finishing this book even though I tried to move onto other books, but this one kept creeping back into my mind. The last time I experienced such intense emotion while and after reading a book was Jonathan Franzen's Freedom. Spiritually, I would consider both of these books to be similar. In both of these books, crux of the story revolves around three characters - a rebellious and a timid brothers/friends and a beautiful woman with a misconceived notion of freedom.
In The Lowland, Lahiri relentlessly punches her characters with all forms of nuisance - ethics, politics, love, loneliness and relationships - and leaves us with emotional fatigue by the end of the book. While the characters cannot be said to comprise a typical Indian family, they still can be considered to be decent choices. This brilliant page-turner also has some room for bollywood style abrupt punches at regular intervals and climactic face-offs. The unnecessary non-linear structure which involves revealing key plot details or dealing with their aftereffects in epilogue can be irritating though.
For its sheer emotional depth and the Calcutta canvas alone, this book deserves a must-read status, just keep a open mind when some unlikable characters decide to make merry....more
One thing you gotta love about holocaust is no matter how crudely it represents suffering and pain, its portrayal eventually compels you to value yourOne thing you gotta love about holocaust is no matter how crudely it represents suffering and pain, its portrayal eventually compels you to value your life more than you commonly do. In a way, I see them as inspirational readings which sometimes evoke feelings of compassion. And writers can always find a shortcut to good writing when they choose it as a setting. But, Marcus Zusak didn’t contend himself with decent writing and apparently decided to step further to see if we indeed are humans by tugging our strings. Oh! I gotta say that I found myself going sentimental at many instances. Although, I was often irritated by the judgmental tone adapted by death (who the heck does he think he is, really?), Zusak thankfully ended up nailing a beauty.
Although there were tons of dramatizations to be found, they never felt obvious or forced. As such stories often require, it is indeed the tiniest details which make you wonder or smile and make you wish you could give the character a hug. After Anne Frank and this, I think I would totally be game if I stumble upon another decent holocaust book. (may be, it won't be far) ...more
This is one of the books which made me sad when I finished reading. But phew!! it is such a wonderful book. It was deeply disturbing and authenticallyThis is one of the books which made me sad when I finished reading. But phew!! it is such a wonderful book. It was deeply disturbing and authentically funny in the same chapter. The characters are beautifully etched and it doesn't actually feel like a fiction novel with a proper beginning and ending. But, it just makes me want to read more and more till I seen the end of Aibileen & Minny. Kathyrn Stockett is a gifted writer and i would certainly love to read novels by her, setup in different time periods as she proved her knack for capturing the feel of the surroundings and peoples attitudes amazingly. I wouldn't put this in the league of to kill a mocking bird as it often felt polarizing towards whites but then again i don't like to concern myself with those problems....more