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The Lowland (2013)

de Jhumpa Lahiri

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National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind--including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

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I love Lahiri's writing. I don't quite understand how she does it but she makes you feel like you are deep inside her characters.

The Lowland is sad, like much of her work, and most of her characters are unlikeable, but I still enjoyed the novel, although I am not entirely sure why.

Edited: a day has gone by since I finished and the more I look back on this story the more I like it. Upped rating to four stars. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
At times like these I wish I were able to write a real book review. Not enough. clearly, to actually work on writing good book reviews. But that's cool, just going to write this for myself, as a reminder.

The Lowland is very much a novel of relationships and life trajectories, and there's something very classic about it. I'd like to read someone else's comparison to, I don't know, the Buddenbrooks or something. I enjoyed the lack of resolution and the unhappiness in some characters, the distance in tone, and the contemplation. As usual when I find a book to be subtle and moving and very thoughtful, there's a whole lot of reviews calling it flat and dull and unengaging. Fascinated by what that hints at about how we think about the world and express ourselves.

Anyway, not in love with this book, there were moments when I wasn't into it (when do I ever enjoy relationship narratives?), but I can already tell that the memory of it is going to reassert itself in my thoughts for a long time to come. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Let's start off by saying, if you haven't read Lahiri before, don't start here.

The Lowlands tells the tale of two brothers whose lives take two very divergent paths - - but who remain connected by one woman. It's a saga in the sense that it covers the brothers' lives from young childhood through old age/death.

I wanted to love this book. I've really, really enjoyed all of Lahiri's other works. This book is more of a "critics darling" in my opinion. It's beautifully written, and Lahiri deftly traverses time, place, and point of view. Her writing is both simple and yet very evocative.

Yet something was missing.

I felt that the pace was just a bit too slow and that the book lacked suspense. One brother was a character you could really embrace, but it was hard to care about the fates of the other characters . . .even though I thought they were portrayed realistically. They just weren't very sympathetic.

It really would have been a three star read for me overall except that the last several chapters were much more compelling, and I ended up feeling glad that I had read the book. If we had a 3.5 rating, I'd truly be using that . . .but since we don't, I rounded up to 4 stars.

Overall, if you like Lahiri, AND you really like literary fiction, I would say keep this book on your TBR. If you are looking for entertainment, I'd say steer clear. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
Wonderful, beautiful novel. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Family saga set in India and the US, this book starts in the 1950s as a story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, living in Kolkata with their parents. Though close in age, their temperaments differ significantly. Subhash is introspective while Udayan is impulsive. Udayan becomes involved in the Naxalilte movement. Subhash moves to the US to pursue a doctoral program. At this point, a significant shift takes place. A tragedy occurs. One brother takes a selfless action to help the other brother’s wife, Guari. It then becomes a story about a mother who abandons her young child and husband.

The setup to this novel spurred my curiosity, but I found the structure unsatisfying. It shifts suddenly in time and frequently changes protagonists, making it feel choppy. It is a character-driven novel, but the characters are not developed in enough depth to understand their motivations, which are hard to accept and never explained. The characters do not exhibit much growth, though the storyline covers over fifty years.

The first half is stronger than the second. The dramatic events of the early pages give way to a mundane tale of daily living. It picks up again toward the end, returning to the original storyline and providing a few insights. The prose is stellar, but overall, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. I have also read Lahiri’s The Namesake, which I vastly prefer to this one.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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The Lowland is a novel about the rashness of youth, as well as the hesitation and regret that can make a long life not worth living.
afegit per zhejw | editaNPR, Maureen Corrigan (Oct 7, 2013)
 
Darkly hued fiction is commonplace in contemporary writing, but The Lowlands is sombre in a distinctly old-fashioned way; it’s not late-stage capitalism and/or environmental collapse that generate the misery in the novel, but rather that quaint concept of fate, or at least character-as-fate. Which is one reason why contemporary readers might balk at this story, its position on the shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize notwithstanding. These lives seem rigged.
afegit per zhejw | editaToronto Star, Patricia Hluchy (Oct 1, 2013)
 
There is real story bravery at work here. It would have been much easier for Lahiri to keep us in the thrust and heave of political agitation — to fixate, perhaps, on the implied betrayal woven into Subhash’s rescue.

Instead, in “The Lowland,” Lahiri tells a quietly devastating story about the nature of kindness. How it is never pure and often goes largely unrewarded. It simply is, and then the floodwaters rise and obscure its role in the landscape for a time.
afegit per zhejw | editaBoston Globe, John Freeman (Sep 28, 2013)
 
Her prose, as always, is a miracle of delicate strength, like those threads of spider silk that, wound together, are somehow stronger than steel....

Although writing this fine is easy to praise, it’s not always easy to enjoy. And there’s something naggingly synthetic about this tableau of woe. “They were a family of solitaries,” Lahiri writes. “They had collided and dispersed.” But real people are not such shiny billiard balls of sorrow. I couldn’t shake the impression that Subhash and Gauri are being subjected to the author’s insistence on creating a certain sustained effect, as though they were characters in a fable. The years pass like the pages of a calendar being blown between scenes of a silent movie. Every time we catch up with this sad couple, they seem not to have changed at all, except that the plaque of guilt and secrecy has grown thicker. The ordinary complications of daily life do not dilute their desolation or complicate their lives. Gauri spends decades studying philosophy, but somehow the world’s accumulated wisdom never offers her any solace or disruption or insight. She might as well have been studying accounting or geology.

Perhaps these are petty complaints about a book that’s written with such poignancy. If parts of “The Lowland” feel static, it’s also true that Lahiri can accelerate the passage of time in moments of terror with mesmerizing effect.
afegit per zhejw | editaWashington Post, Ron Charles (Sep 24, 2013)
 
Lahiri has an uncanny ability to control and mold sentences and action, imbuing the characters with dignity and restraint. But for me, this was also the novel's weakness; too often the narration felt cold, almost clinical, leaving me longing for a moment of thaw. I felt ambivalent. It's an intelligently structured book and while the tone and the pace rarely vary, the reader is always sure she is in the hands of a writer of integrity and skill. Yet I still yearned to know more about these people, especially Gauri....

Lahiri is an accomplished writer and though I felt, at times, disappointed, in the end I was sure that there is an important truth here — that life often denies us understanding, and sometimes all there is to hold on to is our ability to endure.
afegit per zhejw | editaNPR, Ellah Allfrey (Sep 23, 2013)
 

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National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan--charismatic and impulsive--finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family's home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind--including those seared in the heart of his brother's wife.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

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