The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Book Review

Latest Release: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

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Twenty years ago, Arundhati Roy wrote The God of Small Things, a novel that captivated readers around the globe. Now we have another good news coming up from Arundhati’s pen.

Two decades later, her second novel is here, and it’s worth the wait. In The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy’s India is a place of both hope and despair, profound beauty and ugliness, comedy and tragedy. She masterfully weaves together the unforgettable stories of a few of the subcontinent’s denizens, creating an epic tale that is challenging in all the best ways, but also exceptionally readable.

The book is about a disjointed trio on the margins of society, people who have no people, who come together and make a new home in a Delhi graveyard. Anjum is a hermaphrodite who considers herself a “counterfeit woman” and who longs to be a mother. Saddam Hussein hero-worships the dictator Saddam Hussein and has renamed himself in his honor. And Tilo’s great love is a Kashmiri terrorist.

Arundhati Roy Quotes

“When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Our Rating

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The Verdict

Absolutely magnificent! A sweeping account of Indian society, politics, religion, history, and local color.

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