The Lowland

The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri
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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

National Book Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up.  But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he goes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

Masterly suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga and a story steeped in history that spans generations and geographies with seamless authenticity. It is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804121118
Publisher: Diversified Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

JHUMPA LAHIRI is the author of Interpreter of Maladies, awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award; The Namesake; and Unaccustomed Earth, a #1 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and 2 children.


New York, New York

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London, England


B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University

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The Lowland 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It shocks me that anyone could find this book anything less than breathtaking. Admittedly, the first third or so of the book takes some getting used too; Lahiri is leaping into territory that will be simply unfamiliar with many readers, and the time she takes to lay her foundeation will likely strike some as tedious. That being said, once you are through the first 4 chapters or so, the book simply takes flight. The winding journey of each of her characters is so painful, so human, I could not pit the book down, and at times, I openly want to weep. I honestly think this book is as stunning as Lahiri's other work, perhaps her greatest, most significant work yet. If you have not read this cover to cover, I would do so as soon as you can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How could people not finish reading this book?  It's a intriguing story that is character driven within some interesting settings.  All in all, a good read!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each sentence is carefully measured, resulting in a haunting beauty. I found myself yearning to fill the void and find resolution for several characters. This book is a gem.
Reader11 More than 1 year ago
The story is breathtakingly beautiful. The relationship between the two brothers, their closeness as children, the differences between them, and the paths their lives ultimately take. We learn why they make the choices that lead their lives in different directions, each trying to do what he believes is right and true and meaningful. The language is gorgeous; I was drawn in from the first pages and the descriptions of the childhood activities of the brothers. The reader can almost feel the air they breathe. There are some slow parts later in the book when time passes and we need to arrive at later times to understand the full background, but once we get there, the story picks up again and draws to a very satisfying conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the bad reviews are of people who couldn't make it through the entire book or felt too uncomfortable because of the contents of the book. However, I think the book really delved into the decisions people make our are forced to make and how it trickles down to every fiber of not only their lives but the lives around them. The circumstances in the book are brutal and it is difficult to take in, but well worth the effort. Characters are not created to exist and satisfy the reader but rather to paint a picture for the reader. If you go into this book looking for plot and character development and give the book a bad review when those things aren't presented to your liking that is your own personal issue with the book, not a reason to give the books demerits for your lack of open - mindedness or patience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this book as I have loved the other books she has written. This book did not measure up to her writing standards and l found the beginning to be slow and her amazing way of telling a story was not thrrr.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Lahiri brings the multi-generation story of a Bengali family to life. The initial chapters describing the growth of two brothers in the post-British ruled India, and the radicalization of one is compelling. It's particularly interesting in the context of the Cold War as third world intelligentsia try to bring about Marxist reforms to redistribute wealth and property to the the populus. Her depiction of the older brother's journey to America to pursue a PhD. and later to live in America is spot on if anyone who went to university in the mid-60's knew such a student. Finally, there are the questions raised of family, obligation, morality and commitment. An entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this book and bought it in the first week of it coming out, but was disappointed; I read it till the end (with some effort) and I have to agree with the other reviewers - not her best, weak writing, sometimes very simplified retelling of India's history, characters are not developing, unappealing, I had no feeling for them. On the other hand, I loved "and the mountains echoed" by Khaled Hosseini.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to this book because of the high praise and mention of literary prizes. I gave it a trial of about 100 pages but could not connect emotionally. The characters just seemed lifeless. I decided not to waste nay more of my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything that made me feel what it was like to be an immigrant in America, and to know what it's like to rid yourself of old customs and yet never forget them. I found this tragic story so beautiful. I am incredibly glad I read this.
DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
I love reading all of Jhumpa Lahiri's books; she helps me to better understand the challenge of being from one culture and living in another. In this marvelous novel she also shared some of India's history. She challenges me to be aware of my life choices and how large or small is my world view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with those who said this book is nothing but descriptive text - at least for the first several chapters. It is written as if an external judge tells you who the characters are instead of letting them reveal who they are through their interactions and dialogue.  When page 1 begins with a description of their childhood and by page 32 (I have the Nook version) they are finishing the last of their college exams, it is sure sign that the author has failed to give the reader the foundation s/he needs to feel something about the main characters. I will finish the book because it is my book club's selection for this month, but not because I have any interest in the outcome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does this book get the praise it does? Just another family saga with the most unlikable women ever. Kept waiting for it to get better which never happened . Total sleeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully told story. It's one of those books that i was sad to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lahiri has another great one
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4 characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the characters and threads of this novel are carefully woven together to make the novel more immersive with each chapter. Beautiful, both tragic and uplifting. Lyrical language that packs a punch. All types of love-- parental, romantic, filial, love of nature and homeland. Finding identity. Loss. The long-term effects of secrets. I especially liked the author's revealing the thoughts of the main characters to make us aware of their perspectives.
R_Taylor More than 1 year ago
Magnificent I am very surprised to read some of these negative reviews. I finished this book earlier today. It is absolutely brilliant. At one particular climatic point, I felt I was there with the character. I literally could feel my blood pressure rising, and I became apprehensive about turning the page. It's been a good while since a book affected me that way. The plot is totally engaging, and the characters, very real and believable. There is also a lot to learn here about the history of India since the 1960's. I was very impressed, and I look forward to my next Jhumpa Lahiri read.
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donnam123 More than 1 year ago
Another great story by Jhumpa!
BrooklynTP More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Lahiri's that I wasn't able to get into. She's a beautiful writer but the story didn't amount to much for me.
Beckemupsue More than 1 year ago
I was drawn along enough to read the entire book so it could not have been that horrible. However, when I was finished I felt I knew next to nothing about the characters. There is literally no dialogue and large periods of time pass -- decades in some cases -- without learning a thing about a given character. Everything about the novel demonstrates the distance between the characters with the effect of causing the reader to feel distant from them, too. The most engaging part of the novel is the beginning, when the brothers are young boys, but all too quickly they grow apart. In the end, you find out what happened, but you don't really care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago