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Published on September 30th, 2013


Randy Boyagoda VS The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Despite being Man Booker nominated and a National Book Award finalist, The Lowland by Pulitzer Prize winning Jhumpa Lahiri didn’t impress Randy Boyagoda in the Financial Times:

“The story seems too often like an extended occasion for the writer’s artful displays (not that they’re always that artful). At breakfast, Subhash watches “tiny ants arriving to haul away the crumbs”; while listening to his new wife use the bathroom, “He held his body still as the stream of her urine fell”. A boy doesn’t learn to swim, he’s taught “not to fear the water”. Gauri never simply becomes aroused, she experiences “a damp release between her legs”. She can’t just kiss someone, she has to encounter “the softness of kisses”. The writing in The Lowland is everywhere ostentatiously quiet, extravagantly precise, distractingly ceremonial, at least when it’s not cloyingly precious.

Banal profundities add to the novel’s manqué gravitas.”

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