The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

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Read The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Online Free - A 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.
By slowly becoming everything.

Humane and sensuous, beautifully told, this extraordinary novel demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

Title : The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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ISBN : 067008963X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages


Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 24, 2017

I, like many people, have heard of the success of Roy's The God of Small Things from twenty years ago. It's been on my mental longlist of books to read since before Goodreads existed. Perhaps it was a mistake to put it off and opt for Roy's newer release instead, but all I can say is my expectati...

Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

June 04, 2017

This is a novel that captures the life that Arundhati Roy has lived and the issues that have consumed her since the publication of her groundbreaking The God of Small Things. It is a story about our contemporary world, of India, and Pakistan, delivered through the microcosm of individuals living...

Brina rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

Last year as part of my annual women of color reading challenge, I read international Man Booker award winner The God of Small Things (1999). Full of luscious prose and distinct story telling skills, Arundhati Roy expertly tells her readers a story of life in newly partitioned India. Roy is an au...

Jaidee rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 03, 2018

2017 Award for the Read I was Most Afraid to Dislike I can't go on. I have spent hours getting to 50 percent. I can't do it. This book is draining me despite a few passages of immense brilliance. My Infinite Jest of 2017 and because I can't finish it...likely my worst read. A new title for me is : T...

Alok rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 08, 2017

When the harp begins to sing and the guitar begins to harp, things change dramatically! That is why the book by A Roy has become a dramatic monologue of the ideas and innuendos that she often offers off the books. Reference to the past events are always the best way to write a novel; however, a s...

Hannah rated it ★☆☆☆☆

March 10, 2018

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Amit rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 09, 2017

464 pages of utter garbage (organic as well as inorganic) against the Indian state as well as the popular belief, this is what the book offers you. Unless you are an ardent follower of the ideas that Arundhati Roy usually offers as a perfect example of hired gun by the people with vested interest...

Seemita rated it ★★★☆☆

May 30, 2017

[Originally appeared here:] How does a lament sound? Like a distorted sonorous wave? Hitting the crest with a shrill cry and falling to quietude with mangled whimpers? Or like a prolonged stream of soiled garble, comprehensible only to its beholder? I don't...

Ron rated it ★★★★★

May 30, 2017

Truly, this is a remarkable creation, a story both intimate and international, swelling with comedy and outrage, a tale that cradles the world’s most fragile people even while it assaults the Subcontinent’s most brutal villains. It will not convert Roy’s political enemies, but it will surely blast...

Resh (The Book Satchel) rated it ★★★★☆

June 16, 2017

This is one of the trickiest books to review because it is good and bad at the same time; likeable and non-likeable at the same time. Fans of Roy should expect a novel that is so unlike its predecessor. The writing is beautiful, (more grim and dingy compared to The God of Small things) and Roy ha...

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