Two very different brothers follow two separate paths in life, but regardless of their physical distance and their life choices, remain bonded forever by politics, marriage, family, and cultural expectations while their homeland is in the throes of revolution during the 1960s.

Title: The Lowland

By: Jhumpa Lahiri

The Skinny: Two very different brothers follow two separate paths in life, but regardless of their physical distance and their life choices, remain bonded forever by politics, marriage, family, and cultural expectations while their homeland is in the throes of revolution during the 1960s.

The Pros: Even though the plot is woven through time and between two different cultures, the exquisite prose of Pulitzer Prize winner Lahiri carries the reader effortlessly from the busy streets of Calcutta to the windy shores of Rhode Island and beyond. The main characters are relatable across time, space, and culture, and are poignant without being dramatic.

The Cons: Strangely enough, Lahiri does not use quotation marks at all throughout the book when the characters speak. This can a bit jarring at first, but later on, at least when I read further, I got used to the pace of the story and could still imagine the characters’ speech and intonation.

The Bottom Line: I personally love Lahiri’s beautiful writing style and was excited to read more after reading her novel, The Namesake. In The Lowland, Lahiri does not disappoint.

   

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2 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: THE LOWLAND

  1. Her short stories are good too, Interpreter of Maladies…I think that’s what she got the Pulitzer for. Great review!

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