The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Book - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote her Booker-prize winning novel The God Of Small Things, one of the best loved books of our time. June 2017 will see Roy's return to fiction with the most anticipated novel in recent publishing history, The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness.

'How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.' In a snowy valley 'where tombstones grew through the ground like young children's teeth', a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral--"How shall I explain one hundred thousand to you? You who could only count to fifty-nine? Shall we try and think about it seasonally? In spring think of how many red poppies blossom in the meadows..."

Arundhati Roy's new novel gives us a glorious cast of unforgettable characters, caught up in the tide of history, each in search of a place of safety. It is at once a love story and a provocation, an emotional embrace and a decisive remonstration. It is told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with a laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, human as well as animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love. And for this reason they will never surrender. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness tells a shattered story, magnificently, without ever trying to make it whole. The scope of the book, its peerless prose and unique, formal inventiveness make this novel new, in the original meaning of novel.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada JUN 2017
ISBN: 9780735234345
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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