Arundhati Roy’s ambitious comeback falls short

Arundhati Roy’s ambitious comeback falls short

Cutesy, sentimental, poorly structured, unconvincing and desperately eager to please

Fiction: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, By Arundhati Roy, Hamish Hamilton, €17.25

Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, is by now more or less firmly established as a contemporary classic. It is not, for all that, a very good book: a mishmash of magic-realist clichés trotted out in off-puttingly ripe prose.

In the two decades since it appeared, Roy has published no fiction. Instead, she has devoted herself to...

Subscribe from just 1€

Exclusive offers

Choose the subscription that is right for you

Monthly Subscription

€1

For the first month

€19.99 Monthly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Annual Subscription

€200€149

For the first year

€199.99 annually thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

Quarterly Subscription

€55€42

For the first 90 days

€55.00 quarterly Thereafter

Subscribe today

Cancel anytime

These offers are not available for current subscribers. Offers and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Terms & Conditions Apply

Please Subscribe or Log in to continue

Subscribe Login

Related Articles

More from The Business Post