Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Lowland - Book Review

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri follows the lives of two close yet distinctive brothers in Calcutta. Udayan is a passionate activist in the Naxalite movement--violent and secretive. Older by two years, Subhash is quiet, studious and chooses to study in the United States. The brothers are bound together by familial ties and by one woman, Gauri, brilliant, introspective and tormented.

Taking place in Calcutta and Rhode Island, The Lowland is a family epic, told in the, at once, subtle and profound prose of Jhumpa Lahiri. The characters come alive within the pages of the story. The consequences of their choices are lasting and at times devastating. The story is presented beautifully and with passion yet never once becomes overblown with too much drama. It is beautiful and heartbreaking.

Once again, Jhumpa Lahiri offers a thoughtful and haunting novel with her latest novel The Lowland.

The Lowland is published by Knopf and will be released on September 24th.

**I received a complimentary copy of The Lowland in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. **

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