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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (August 2017)

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (August 2017)The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years - the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbouhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home.  A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter.  The enigmatic S. Tilottama is a much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who love her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh.  Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love - and by hope.  For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender.  This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be.  And it deminstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.
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