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She was the fourth of five children, born on a cold January night, by lamplight power cut , in Shahjahanabad, the walled city of Delhi Ahlam Baji, the midwife who delivered her and put her in her mothers arms wrapped in two shawls, said, Its a boy Given the circumstances, her error was understandable A month into her first pregnancy Jahanara Begum and her husband decided that if their baby was a boy they would name him Aftab Their first three children were girls They had been waiting for their Aftab for six years The night he was born was the happiest of Jahanara Begums lifeThe next morning, when the sun was up and the room nice and warm, she unswaddled little Aftab She explored his tiny bodyeyes nose head neck armpits fingers toeswith sated, unhurried delight That was when she discovered, nestling underneath his boy parts, a small, unformed, but undoubtedly girl partIs it possible for a mother to be terrified of her own baby Jahanara Begum was Her first reaction was to feel her heart constrict and her bones turn to ash Her second reaction was to take another look to make sure she was not mistaken Her third reaction was to recoil from what she had created while her bowels convulsed and a thin stream of shit ran down her legs Her fourth reaction was to contemplate killing herself and her child Her fifth reaction was to pick her baby up and hold him close while she fell through a crack between the world she knew and worlds she did not know existed There, in the abyss, spinning through the darkness, everything she had been sure of until then, every single thing, from the smallest to the biggest, ceased to make sense to her In Urdu, the only language she knew, all things, not just living things but all thingscarpets, clothes, books, pens, musical instrumentshad a gender Everything was either masculine or feminine, man or woman Everything except her baby Yes of course she knew there was a word for those like him Hijra Two words actually, Hijra and Kinnar But two words do not make a languageWas it possible to live outside language Naturally this question did not address itself to her in words, or as a single lucid sentence It addressed itself to her as a soundless, embryonic howl Ce texte fait r f rence l dition ReliA fiercely unforgettable novela love story with characters so heartbreaking and compelling they sear themselves into the readers brain Patty Rhule, USA TODAY Moving powerfulThe kind of book that makes you feel like you ve lived several times over It contains so much of everything anguish and joy and love and war and death and life, so much of being human Ministry rip s open the world to show us everything that is dazzlingly beautiful and brutally ugly about itRoy centers the vulnerable and the unseen,making clear that love is the only way for individuals to really meet across the borders of skin or country Everything is alive in Ministry, from emotions to people to the country itself It is this aliveness of every human as well as every animal and thing that makes this novel so remarkable Ministry is the ultimate love letter to the richness and complexity of Indiaand the worldin all its hurly burly, glorious, and threatened heterogeneity Roy is a treasure of India and of the world Anita Felicelli, LA Review of BooksA deeply rewarding work Roywrites with unabashed beautyImages in The Ministry of Utmost Happinesswedge themselves in the mind like memories of lived experienceLaura Miller, Slate Stirring humane and impassionedbeautiful and rich The novel has the feel of a yarnRoys observations unspool as vivid and gimlet, whether she is describing personal catastrophe or national disastersBrilliant writingan ambitious story with a profound moral integrity and a deep emotional impact Kathleen Rooney, Chicago TribuneEpic in scope, sharply realized an engaged story, with many threads, that blends tragedy and political outrage with a humane and hopeful vision of the future The Ministry of Utmost Happiness place s Roy at the forefront of Indian literature Gregory McNamee, Kirkus Reviews Dazzling expansive, touchinga novel teeming with indelible characters Roy shifts places, time periods, and viewpoints with the grace of a master choreographer Ministry is a beautifully written, powerful story that spans a continent and several decades of war and peace and people who live in places and on the streets, as well as undercover and undergrounda novel thats worth the wait Once again, Arundhati Roy has told a real story Renee H Shea, Poets Writerscover story Brilliant well worth the wait Roy looks unflinchingly at poverty, human cruelty, and the absurdities of modern war somehow, she turns it into poetry Highly recommended Kate Gray, Library Journal,starred review Roys novel will be the unmissable literary read of the summer With its insights into human nature, its memorable characters and its luscious prose, Ministryis well worth the wait Sarah Begley, TIME Propulsive, playfulthis new book finds Roy the artist prospering with stories, and writing in gorgeous, supple prose Again and againbeautifulimages refresh our sense of the world Sections of the book filled me with awenot just as a reader, but as a novelistfor the sheer fidelity andbeauty of detaila terrific novelistic noticing Roy writes with astonishing vividnessKaran Mahajan, The New York Times Book Review cover review Fearlessstaggeringly beautifula fierce, fabulously disobedient novelso fully realized it feels intimate, yet vibrates with the tragicomedy of mythRoy is writing at the height of her powers Once a decade, if we are lucky, a novel emerges from the cinder pit of living that asks the urgent question of our global era Roys novel is this decades ecstatic and necessary answer John Freeman, The Boston Globe Magisterial, vibrantRoys second novel works its empathetic magic upon a breathtakingly broad slateinviting us to stand with characters who refuse to be stigmatized or cast aside Liesel Schillinger, O, The Oprah Magazine A gema great tempest of a novel a remarkable creation, a story both intimate and internationalHere is writing that swirls so hypnotically it doesnt feel like words on paper so much as ink on water This vast novel will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion Ron Charles, The Washington Post Compellingmusical and beautifully orchestrated Roys depiction of furtive romance has a cinematic quality, as well as genuine poignancy and depth of emotion Her gift is for the personal for poetic description and an ability to map the complicated arithmetic of love and belonging Ministry manages to extract hope from tragedies witnessed Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Powerful and movingminds us what fiction can doRoys exquisite prose is a rare instrument She captures the horrors of headlines, and the quiet moments when lovers share poems and dreams Ministryis infused with so much passion that it vibrates It may leave you shaking, too Roys is a world in which love and hope sprout against all odds, like flowers pushing through cracked pavement Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle Gloriousremarkable, colorful and compellingRoy has a passionate following, and her admirers will not be disappointed This ambitious new novel, like its predecessor, addresses weighty themes in an intermittently playful narrative voiceYou will be granted a powerful sense of the complexity, energy and diversity of contemporary India, in which darkness and exuberant vitality and inextricable intertwined Claire Messud, The Financial Times A lustrously braided and populated tale woven with ribbons of identity, love, mourning, and joyand tied together with yellow mangoes, cigarettes, and damask roses Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair Gorgeously wrought Entertainment Weekly,SummersMust Read BooksIf you want to know the world behind out corporate sponsored dreamscapes, you read writers like Arundhati Roy She shows you whats really going on Junot Diaz, in Vogue Ministryis the follow up weve been longing fora poetic, densely populated contemporary novel in the tradition of Dickens and Tolstoy From its beginning, one is swept up in the story If The God of Small Thingswas a lushly imagined, intimate family novel slashed through with politics, Ministryencompasses wildly different economic, religious, and cultural realms across the Indian subcontinent and as far away as Iraq and California Animating it is a kaleidoscopic variety of bohemians, revolutionaries, and loversWith her exquisite and dynamic storytelling, Roy balances scenes of suffering and corruption with flashes of humor, giddiness, and even transcendence Daphne Beal, Vogue AffectingA rangy and roving novel of multiple voices an intimate picture of a diverse cast of charactersWe see in detail not only their everyday lives but also their beliefs, and the contexts that inform their actionsTilo is the books beating heart, a beautiful and rebellious woman and a magical focal point toward which all desire in the novel flows Roys instinct for satire is as sharp as ever, and her stories build to a broader portrait of India over the past few decades Roys sentences are marked by an eloquence even as they string together various ideas and elements Her prose is in this sense radically democratic And her unmistakable style and her way of seeing the world become something larger, too Amitava Kumar, BookForum Roy returns to fiction with tales that span from the mourned in a graveyard to the beating hearts of the people of Delhi, masterfully conveying the wide ranging perseverance of the human soul Steph Opitz, Marie ClaireIts finally here Fans of The God of Small Things have been waiting for Roys next novel, and it doesnt disappoint The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is big, both in physical heft and in ideas It features an unforgettable cast of characters from across India whose stories are told with generosity and compassion The novels greatest feat is showing the ways in which religious belief, gender identity, and even our safety in the world, are not fixedthey have as much fluidity as Roys astute plotting Maris Kreizman, Vulture Summer Books PreviewStunning a feat of storytellingRoys lyrical sentences, and the ferocity of her narrative, are a wonder to behold The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a celebration Zak M Salih, Richmond Times DispatchThe first novel inyears from Roy, and worth the wait a humane, engaged near fairy tale that soon turns darkfull of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks Kirkus starred review Ambitious, original, and hauntinga novel that fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlinessential to Roys vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world Publishers Weekly starred review A masterpieceRoy joins Dickens, Naipaul, Garca Mrquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendencean entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic Donna Seaman, Booklist starred review To say this book is highly anticipated is a bit of an understatement The Ministry of Utmost Happinesswill be a welcome gift for those whove missed Roys dazzling fiction Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, Books You Wont Be Able to Put Down This SummerHer new novel is larger,complicated,multilingual,challenging as a reading experience than The God of Small Things, and no less immersing This intricately layered and passionate novel, studded with jokes and with horrors, has room for satire and romance, for rage and politics and for steely understatement A work of extraordinary intricacy and grace Gillian Beer, The Prospect UK As she did in The God of Small Things, Roy astutely unpacks the layers of politics and privilege inherent in caste, religion and gender identity Her luminous passages span eras and regions of the Indian subcontinent and artfully weave the stories of several characters into a triumphant symphony, where strangers become friends, friends become family, and the disenfranchised find the strength to wrestle control of their own narratives Minneapolis Star Tribune This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India Satirical yet compassionate, it channels the spirit of the transgressive mystical in subcontinental poetry rarely found in Indian English writing The Telegraph This book, only second from Roy s stable in the last twenty years, retains the metaphorical music that she used to fair rapture in her first book The descriptions, spring to live with her subtle touch, and she, almost, looks to have done that effortlessly Times of IndiaTo read Roy is to build a sense of wonder, incrementally To ask questions not of what we were seeing of late, but what weve been staring at the whole time Love inThe Ministry of Utmost Happiness is harrowing, fragile and complicated and swears by sacrifice, but also and Roy makes sure of this love is unanticipated The Ministry of Utmost Happinessis an example of Roys commitment to those who feel the riot inside of them Who refuse to be written out, who understand that the tiniest breach in history, like a chuckle, of all things could become a foothold in the sheer wall of the future The Globe and MailThe complex and ambitious plot set in Delhi centers on two women One was born intersex and the other is a freedom fighter, but both are drawn to an abandoned infant Questions of identity, gender, ethnicity, and religion make this a deep and richly satisfying read The Christian Science MonitorFrom the fine grained affection that stirs her imagination springs an ethical imperativeafter all, how can one appreciate the world without desiring to defend it And it must be defended not merely from war or political calamity, but from that natural,insidious phenomenon forgetting Pahrul Segal, The AtlanticArundhati Roys prose is always a joy to read The Washington Times The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a dazzling work of imagination a tumult of vibrant characters, stories and prose that engages deeply with recent Indian history and the struggles of Indias oppressed peoples To anyone who thought Roy was a one hit wonder, the novel is a full throated rebuttal The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is an exhilarating read, one that reminds you what great fiction can accomplish Newsday Arundhati Roy is an exceptionally gifted writer, the kind who will send you into a panic about how capitalism is chewing up the environment one moment, then sweep you away from those earthly concerns with whimsical, musical prose the next Chatelaine This intimate epic about India over the past two decades is superb political but never preachy heartfelt yet ironic precisely poetic The TelegraphFans of Arundhati Roys bestseller The God of Small Things will be delighted to find out that her new novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness occupies a similar place This one is a sprawling story in the tradition of Charles Dickens about lovers and politics and religion and bad luck Roy immerses you both in her intricate prose and in the subcontinent, from Kashmir to Delhi Cond Nast TravelerThe reader is immersed in a world brought to life with deft clarity Roys energy provides a platform for a story that is bursting with spirit Noted If I were to send one book into outer space to send aliens a message about the human race, I would send this one It is a magic Persian carpet of a book, with hundreds of interwoven tales within tales and colorful patterns reflecting the history of our human condition San Francisco ChronicleAs always, Roys brilliance shines most in her choice of locales and the imagery they invoke the novels brilliance lies in how it captures subtle moments, with attention to detail and sharp compassion The ConversationRoy merges her energies as a fiction writer and an activist, shaping a rich narrative thats as complex and multivalent as modern India There are plenty of moments of dazzling wording and surprising exchanges Rigoberto Gonzalez, Los Angeles TimesThe novel is an epic charged with Roys politics and written in dense, lyrical, singular prose All of which doesnt go even halfway to conveying the depth of observation, humour, Dickensian detail, accumulating tales of city life, both awful and extraordinary the cows grazing on refuse, a man who lives in a treethat Roy discharges by the first hundred pages Charlotte Sinclair, VogueArundhati writes along the edge of a kind of uncanny clairvoyance Shes an all seeing, mischief making voodoo priestessJohn Cusack Ce texte fait r f rence l dition Reli

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