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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jun 09, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, literary-fiction
Read in June, 2014

TCL Call #: F Lahiri J
Diana's rating: 5 stars

Two brothers grow up almost as twins in Calcutta and then go their separate ways, but are never truly separated. I can only describe this book as lovingly-written....the author has such affection for her characters and the minute details of their existence, taking you by the hand and making you love them too. At one point, I was so disappointed in something one of the characters did that I put the book down for a couple of weeks, thinking the best of it had passed, but luckily picked it up again and was rewarded with a hugely bittersweet ending.

Marisa's rating: 4 stars

I tried to read this a few months ago and couldn't get into it. When I told my co-workers my difficulty with "The Lowland" they were astonished. Now I know why. This book is quietly powerful bold story of two brothers as their lives diverge. I have read most of Lahiri's other books and I find, personally, her strength is in the quiet moments her characters display. While I can't deny that I read the last 50 pages of this book like it was a thriller, excited to see how Lahiri would answer some of the plot questions, I was most impressed by her ability to see the characters (especially Subhash and Gauri) in their stillness, with their thoughts, regrets, examinations and nostalgia. Beautifully sad and considerate, I highly recommend to any reader who loves character development and the feeling of truly being able to smell and feel the worlds and author creates.

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Reading Progress

12/13/2013 marked as: to-read
06/09/2014 marked as: read

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