Rating: 4 Stars
The Lowland is the latest novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of bestselling novel The Namesake, adapted for a movie by the same name, starring Irrfan Khan and Konkana Sen.
The Lowland is based on the relationship between two brothers, born in Tollygunj, Bengal; and a lady living in Rhode Island, USA presenting how their lives entangled with each others’ before experiencing miseries in their own forms.
The two brothers, who were poles apart in their thoughts, temperament, behavior and aspirations, share a special bond that was deep and strong. The story takes place during the course of the events that took place during the period after Independence when the heat of Darjeeling issue were burning Bengal in its backdrop causing un-reparable losses and damages to the lives of protagonists as the case with people from that era would have been.
The novel presents the different aspects of relationships in a way that simply touches your heart, presented in a very interesting manner with sadness that prevails throughout the narration.
Surprisingly I find some grammatical and spelling errors (I blame editor for that as author tend you make such mistakes; even the big literary experts do that) that came as a bit turn off for me but otherwise it’s a great read with lyrical narration and wonderful descriptions.
Go for it. It’s in hardcover something you would rarely find at Rs. 250. I hope the grammatical and spelling errors would be taken care of in next print run (if required) as I’ve already mailed the concern to the Publishers’ and they have acknowledged it as well.