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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

by Arundhati Roy

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Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote The God of Small Things ... two decades later, her second novel is well worth the wait.

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Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote The God of Small Things, a novel that captivated readers around the globe. Now, two decades later, her second novel is here, and it’s worth the wait. In The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy’s India is a place of both hope and despair, profound beauty and ugliness, comedy and tragedy. She masterfully weaves together the unforgettable stories of a few of the subcontinent’s denizens, creating an epic tale that is challenging in all the best ways, but also eminently readable.

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    Sometimes hard to follow, but beautifully written. I was ashamed of my lack of knowledge of the intense turmoil in India. Heartbreak and hope abound.

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    I didn’t think this was as good as The God of Small Things but it was still a veey engrossing, heartfelt read.

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    I had a hard time really getting into it. However, it was somewhat interesting, and I liked how painfully human the main character was.

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    It was a very hard read for me personally. I had trouble following after the first 20 pages and it was very hard to get into.

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