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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Audiobook

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A richly 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 an 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.

No.

By slowly becoming everything.

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

©2017 Arundhati Roy (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"If Arundhati Roy's lyrical prose, melodic voice, and lilting accents aren't enough, the stories of Anjum, Tilottama, and a cast of society's misbegotten - interwoven with India's social and political growing pains - will keep listeners captivated.... Roy's impeccable diction makes this dense and challenging saga accessible and unforgettable." (AudioFile)

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    What did you like best about The Ministry of Utmost Happiness? What did you like least?

    The cadence of the writing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Arundhati Roy is a great writer, and I loved The God of Small Things, but I am going to switch to my Kindle to read this book. Her voice is soothing and it is great to hear a book by its creator, but her voice never changes tone and it is monotonous to listen to for long periods (and this is a long book!). I find myself drifting and missing key points of the story. Plus, it is difficult to keep the long Indian names straight in my head when they are spoken vs. written. I feel that a professional narrator might have helped with this issue.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prasanna PRSN Michigan 06-22-17
    Prasanna PRSN Michigan 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Powerful writing"

    The narration is so petrifying that my eyes were wide open all along.

    Roy is an extraordinary critique of the society and this book is a must-read for those who live in euphoria that India is advancing.

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    Angel Freeville, Earth, Outer space 06-14-17
    Angel Freeville, Earth, Outer space 06-14-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Master story teller"

    It was nice she made it an audiobook, that she read it. It had many complex ideas about her homeland. It was very human and heartbreaking.
    Otherwise it didn't move me much. She's a revolutionary at heart and this came from the heart, but unless you are from India it might be hard to get too involved in the plot.
    Also it's nice to see she finally let her other famous novel become an audiobook, but too bad she didn't narrate that one, because who knows better then the author the real feelings of each line?
    I like her nonfiction work better at this point and look forward to more of it. She is one of the greatest writers and activist of our times.

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    Adryan Eugene, OR 06-17-17
    Adryan Eugene, OR 06-17-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Token Intersex character? Roy should know better"

    Multi-vocal tale of the conflict in Kashmir. Good, but not what fans have waited for.

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