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How to tell a shattered story?By slowly becoming everybodyNo?By slowly becoming everythingThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years – the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India where war is peace and peace is war and where from time to time ‘normalcy’ is declaredAnjum who used to be Aftab unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement a little after midnight in a crib of litter The enigmatic S Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who love herThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration It is told in a whisper in a shout through tears and sometimes with a laugh Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued mended by love – and by hope For this reason they are as steely as they are fragile and they never surrender This ravishing magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts


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    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 expectations have significantly lowered after reading The Ministry of Utmost HappinessAt first I thought the story was slow dense and hard to follow It took me a couple hundred pages of squinting hard to see the truth there is no storyThese kind of books have a special place in the heart of a certain type of reader A reader who puts beautiful complex writing over plot and emotional pull a reader who doesn't mind looking back over almost 500 pages and realizing very little has happened even if it was told with pretty languageThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness essentially follows two main characters in South Asia Tilo and Anjum the former is dragged into the center of an independence movement while the latter is intersex and living among ghosts However there is a confusing mess of characters introduced throughout the book and I found it hard to warm to anyone It is set across the span of many years through the partition of India Pakistan and Bangladesh but these times of tremendous upheaval and horror were narrated coldly The book is just very difficult to enjoy It feels deliberately intellectual and lacking in personality Not only is there a sea of forgettable characters but the book zips quickly between past and present third and first person with almost no dialogue to separate the huge paragraphs of dense description The book constantly has a foot in several tangents about spiritual anecdotes diatribes history lessons and various monologues each of which went on far too long When it finally came back to the main issues it took me a while to get back on trackThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a book without a plot that simply explores the perspectives past and present of many characters That's not necessarily a bad thing but it's also not the kind of book I enjoy reading It even feels disjointed almost like a collection of short stories rather than a novel I feel like The God of Small Things is going to be on my TBR a lot longerBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube