The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (English, Hardcover, Arundhati Roy)

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness  (English, Hardcover, Arundhati Roy)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: PRH INDIA LOCAL PRINT
    • Genre: Literature & Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780670089635, 067008963X
    • Edition: 2017
    • Pages: 464
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    Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote her Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, which went on to become one of the best loved books of our time. June 2017 will see Roy's return to fiction with her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
    How to tell a shattered story?
    By slowly becoming everybody.
    No.
    By slowly becoming everything.
    In a city graveyard a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves
    As a private joke, never the same two on consecutive nights.
    On a concrete sidewalk a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter
    No angels sang, no wise men brought gifts, but a million stars appeared in the east to herald her arrival.
    In a snowy valley where tombstones grew through the ground like young children's teeth, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral
    How shall I explain one hundred thousand to you? You who could only count to fifty-nine? Shall we try and think about it seasonally? In spring think of how many red poppies blossom in the meadows
    In a second-floor apartment, watched over by a small owl, a lone woman feeds a baby gecko dead mosquitoes
    "What I should have been", she thought, "is a gecko feeder".
    And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who've known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.
    Arundhati Roy's new novel gives us a cast of unforgettable characters, caught up in the tide of history, each in search of a place of safety. It is at once a love story and a provocation, an emotional embrace and a decisive remonstration. It is told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with a laugh. Its heroes, both present and departed, human as well as animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love. And for this reason, they will never surrender.
    The Ministry of Utmost Happiness tells a shattered story, magnificently, without ever trying to make it whole. The scope of the book, its peerless prose and unique, formal inventiveness make this novel new, in the original meaning of novel.

    About the Author:

    Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and was a bestseller in more than thirty languages worldwide.
    Since then Roy has published five books of influential non-fiction essays that include The Algebra of Infinite Justice (2001), Listening to Grasshoppers (2009), and Broken Republic (2011). She has raised profound questions about war and peace, the definitions of "violence" and "non-violence", about what we think of as "development", "democracy", "nationalism", "patriotism" and indeed the idea of civilization itself. Roy is a trained architect. She lives in New Delhi.
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    • PENGUIN HAMISH HAMILTON
    Publication Year
    • 2017 July
    Book Type
    • Fiction Book
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    5

    Classy product

    Thank you Roy! For being the voice of the unheard.
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    10 Jul, 2017

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    5

    Classy product

    Just finished the book. It's a huge range of issues from gender to Kashmir to bastar. About injustice, violence, the state against it's people. Difficult read actually. Feel like I need to read it again
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    Certified Buyer, Bishama Katak

    24 Jun, 2017

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    5

    Simply awesome

    Amazing read . Arundhati write with such flair and this book is a perfect example of that.Lyrical and so original .


    I know many "NATIONALISTS" will just write trash bout it just coz it's written by Arundhati Roy.
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    sajid

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    20 Jun, 2017

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    5

    Perfect product!

    It is the story of pain and suffering of ordinary people unknown to the rest.But she has to give up her one point attitude towards certain politicians. Any way it is a wonderful novel touches the heart's of reader's.
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    5

    Brilliant

    thank you very much..
    I'm very happy.!! product quality is good plus. seller had kept five hard paper bookmarks free even it wasn't the part of deal.
    thank you seller!!!
    thank you flipkart..!!!
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    Mohammad Haseeb Lone

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    23 Apr, 2018

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    Delightful

    a classy literature. I highly recommend to buy this.
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    Shrabani Debnath

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    5

    Brilliant

    Best book by indian author ... but flipkart don't provide book mark with any book....
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    Anand Kishore

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    5

    Fabulous!

    How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody? No, by slowly becoming everything.
    This is one of the very good book I have read recently. The way writer has narrated the story with live characters and sprinkle of literature is rarely found anywhere. I have read her first book but this one I like more.
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    karmveer singh

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    Super!

    thank you both Roy and Flipkart
    Roy for being the voice of voiceless
    and Flipkart for offering such affordable price
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    Rahi Obaid

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    29 Mar, 2018

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    5

    Highly recommended

    Arundati Roy writes fiction after a ridiculously long time. This book, beyond any doubt, is a fantastic read- both literally and well as thematically. Although most parts of the book sound to be inspired from real life incidents but Her class and elegance has made it look like a pure piece of fiction.
    Must Read for all literature lovers.
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    Questions and Answers
    Q:Is it a hardcover copy?
    A:Yes
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    Q:Why its written that book is in paperback when its in hardcover?
    A:The book that I was sent was paperback, hence the description matches the product sent
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    Q:will i get a bookmark??
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    Q:is it readable for a 13year old
    A:A thirteen old is a young and tender mind.Thus, not recommended for such a young child.
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    Q:how many pages
    A:441 pages total. The story runs from page 3-438.
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    Q:is it a signed copy?
    A:No It s not a signed copy
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    Q:howz the condition of book,printing and paper condition??
    A:satisfactory
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