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The lowland : a novel
Jhumpa Lahiri
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Subhash and Udayan are as close as two brothers can be when they are children but as they grow older, differences in ideology drive them apart. Eventually Subhash continues his education in America while Udayan continues his sedition in India. What happens in the lowland across from the family home in India will have long-lasting effects on Subhash, his parents and on Udayan’s wife and child. How much responsibility do we have to our relatives, do we give up our own lives for others or do we follow our own path leaving relatives behind? Both extremes are illustrated in this beautifully written novel. In some ways I see the same types of themes in this book as in Khaled Hosseini’s "And the mountains echoed". Again in the Lowland, like And the mountains echoed I liked that characters were willing to forgive and reconnect. Maybe love does not conquer all, but, as one character contemplates ending her life, it seems that life conquers all. To go on living is to make anything possible.
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main characters Subhash Mitra
East Indian-American
Udayan's brother; grew up in Calcutta; went to America to pursue a life of scientific research; returns to Ondia after learning what happened to his brother; hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family.
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Udayan Mitra
East Indian
Subhash's brother; grew up in Calcutta; joins the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eliminate inequity and poverty.

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