Brotherly another level!

Title: The Lowland

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Genre: Historical Fiction

No. of pages: 340

Rating: 4/5

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I love books based in different countries other than the UK or the US.  Reason being a good book helps you explore these new destinations and learn about different cultures and traditions.

I love reading books based in India. Maybe it is because I am Indian but I love learning about the country my family immigrated from. India is where my roots are and it's a completely different world.

The lowland is based in Kolkata or Calcutta as it was called back then. Although that is not part of the India I am from, it is very interesting how there are so many different traditions in the same country.

The Lowland tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan. Only born a few months apart they did everything together; same school, same college, same games when they were younger.  But suddenly as they start to become adults their lives are drastically different, yet they are both pulled into each other's paths. This book is about the struggle of two brothers trying to understand themselves in a world that is constantly changing and in a country which is still finding its feet after the revolution.

I really enjoyed this book. Jhumpa Lahiri is a very skilled writer and is brilliant at painting the different scenes through the story. From Rhode Island to Tolly Gunge each scene is described so well that you feel as though you're standing in the middle of the crowded alleys of Calcutta or walking along the beach on Rhode Island.

The story was centred around the revolution and the relationships formed and lost because of it. There is a big emphasis on family throughout the book and the importance of it. The characters were also very relatable and it was lovely seeing their development throughout the book as they went through their lives.

My main issue with this book, however, was that it dragged. 

It didn't need to be as long as it was, and I felt the book could have been completed within half the actual number of pages.

I felt myself yawning, losing interest and skim reading pages as the author narrated mundane details about the characters life. Yes, it's nice to understand the character fully and really fill them out but for me, it was too much.

There was no need.

So in conclusion, highly highly recommend the book, but maybe as bedtime reading, because the middle will help you to fall asleep.

My advice to Ms Lahiri....speed it up!!!!

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