The book I have waited for 20 years.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The book I have waited for 20 years.

As Gwendolyn Brooks said and I quote “Books feed and cure and chortle and collide”. Similar to Rebecca Solnit asserted in her lyrical meditation on why we read and write, “A book is a heart that beats in the chest of another,”. Right now I am holding a book called “The Ministry of utmost happiness” by Arundhati Roy and my heart beats are already pumping in way that I can’t put any words to it. This is the most anticipating book for me. Thanks to Arundhati Roy for writing “The Ministry of utmost happiness”.

Arundhati Roy wrote the god of small things in 1997 and it won the Booker Prize and I read it and it was an unforgettable story. The minute after I put it down I was ready to read another book by her. But she hasn't written another fiction novel until now with the Ministry of utmost happiness. It took 20 long years. She's written some nonfiction and she's been a big activist. But I feel like everybody has been waiting for this book and now it's here. So I'm very excited and even from the title I could tell that this is going to be one of those books where you're just like, take a deep breath and then dive in and you're probably not going to be able to put it down. That's what I expect from my own personal read. It's about a few characters. You're following the lives of a number of people and Roy is taking us on a journey of many years, through many regions of India specifically. So we're getting to see the lives of these characters and we're getting to see the intimate parts of their experiences and their loves and their losses, especially. This book sounds like it's full of loss and heartbreak. But we get to see all of that, so it says in the summary, In a graveyard outside the walls of old delhi, a resident unrolls a threadbare persian carpet. On a concrete sidewalk a baby suddenly appears just after midnight. In a snowy valley a bereaved father writes a letter to his five-year-old daughter about the people who came to her funeral. In a second-floor apartment a lone woman chain-smoked as she reads through her old notebooks. At the janet guest house two people who have known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around each other as though they have just met.
I've actually been avoiding the reviews for this book because I don't want any spoilers. I notice that the description of the book is very cryptic and you can't really tell what it's all about or what you're going to discover through the pages. But I have seen some headlines just from looking up the title of the book and everybody seems to be in unanimous agreement that this book is totally worth the wait (20 long years). So I'm really looking forward to it. This has been on my highly anticipated list for a while and I'm going to read it now. Soon I will give you a complete review until then happy reading. And don’t forget “Revolution can, and often have, begun with reading.”
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