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Verve Pick Of The Month
Published: Volume 21, Issue 10, October, 2013

THE LOWLAND
Jhumpa Lahiri
Random House India

In her characteristic narrative style, Jhumpa begins on a quiet note, unobtrusive even. It is only later that the reader realises that it will play a pivotal, almost dramatic role in the story that unfurls. The Lowland is about two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, opposite in their interests and actions. They are constantly together while growing up, yet their lives take different turns when sensible and cautious Subhash goes to America and idealistic, passionate Udayan is increasingly drawn towards Indian politics. Tragedy strikes, and the book charts out how oneís actions have repercussions on the otherís life. This is a novel about fate, longing, destiny and the kind of drama that is intense, yet understated.

 

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