The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Arundhati Roy
3.51  ·  Rating details ·  29,767 ratings  ·  4,257 reviews

How to tell a shattered story?

By slowly becoming everybody.

No?

By slowly becoming everything.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods 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 as 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 demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Book Details

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Hamish Hamilton (first published June 2017)
Original Title The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
ISBN 067008963X (ISBN13: 9780670089635)

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