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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

by Arundhati Roy

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I stopped a bit more than halfway through, when it became clear that my favorite character would kind of fade in importance through the rest of the book. I will probably take it up again in the coming months. Roy's wit and use of language is delightful, and I am intrigued by her examination of Muslim life in Delhi. ( )
  deeEhmm | Apr 3, 2019 |
you know, reading this book split in half for school was kinda awful. this is a book that only makes sense as a whole. but anyways, once i finished it, i liked it a whole lot more than i did starting out. a really beautiful intertwining of narratives. ( )
  karikes | Feb 22, 2019 |
Do not loose hope - trotz allem trotz allem …

Don’t rush it - reading this takes time. It is worth it! (II-19) ( )
  MeisterPfriem | Feb 17, 2019 |
DNF
  JSpilman | Jan 5, 2019 |
"It was herself she was exhausted by. She had lost the ability to keep her discreet words discreet - a skill many consider to be the cornerstone of sanity"
Musa: " I don't know where to step, or how to go on. I stop where I shouldn't. I go when I should stop. There is weariness. But there is also defiance. Together they define me these days. Together they steal my sleep, and together they restore my soul. There are plenty of problems with no solutions in sight. Friends turn into foes. If not vocals ones, then silent reticent ones. But I've yet to see s for turning into a friend. There seems to be no hope. But pretending to be hopeful is the only grace we have."
" enemies can't break your spirit, only friends can." ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
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This review gives order and intelligence to the spectrum of bad reviews about this mysterious book. This book contains a secret code of mystical nature, and must be read several times. Attainment is as good as the trouble inflicted in the lifetime of the protagonist....Read on
 
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I mean, it's all a matter of your heart...
Nâzim Hikmet
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At magic hour, when the sun has gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke.
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WHERE DO OLD BIRDS GO TO DIE?
She lived in the graveyard like a tree.
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The moment I saw her, a part of me walked out of my body and wrapped itself around her. And there is still remains. (Page 256)
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"A richly moving new novel--the first since the author's Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things, went on to become a beloved best seller and enduring classic. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a subcontinent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety--in search of meaning, and of love. In a graveyard outside the walls of Old Delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby suddenly appears, just after midnight. In a snowy valley, a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment, a lone woman chain-smokes as she reads through her old notebooks. At the Jannat Guest House, two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other, as though they have just met. A braided narrative of astonishing force and originality, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once a love story and a provocation--a novel as inventive as it is emotionally engaging. It is told with a whisper, in a shout, through joyous tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, have been broken by the world we live in--and then mended by love. For this reason, they will never surrender. How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything. Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts"-- "An epic novel of love and history and the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of loss and tragedy"--… (more)

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