The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy’s new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, incorporates many of the social and political themes of her phenomenal book published in 1997, The God of Small Things. It unflinchingly portrays the cruelty, despair and horror as well as the transcendent beauty of the lives and experiences of its two main characters (along with a cast of thousands) who find themselves on the fringes of Indian society (both literally and figuratively).
Topics such as transgender discrimination, gender (in)equality, caste and class divisions, political and religious divides, pre and post colonialism are incorporated into an aptly described “baggy and rambling” tale that is illuminated by Ms. Roy’s unparalleled ear for dialogue and descriptive prose.
This book is definitely worth the time and effort-- a gem.
Review by Sarah Ehrenson