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The Resource The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Label
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Title
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Statement of responsibility
Arundhati Roy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
New York Times Best SellerLonglisted for the Man Booker PrizeNamed a Best Book of 2017 by Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson GroupA dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope. The tale begins with Anjum—who used to be Aftab—unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her—including Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be and always will be. We meet Tilo's landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs' Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts
Summary
A provocative love story meanders through a spectrum of powerful emotions experienced by diverse protagonists, including a grieving father who writes a letter profiling the people who came to his 5-year-old daughter's funeral and two longtime friends at a guest house who sleep wrapped around each other like newlyweds
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Tone
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Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
  • Loan Stars Favourites, 2017.
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2017.
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10560687
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
Label
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9f29e178-ccd3-44c4-849e-f5bbe2fa9e54
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781524733162
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:9f29e178-ccd3-44c4-849e-f5bbe2fa9e54
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781524733162
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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