Tuesday October 27, 2020

Arundhati Roy’s ambitious comeback falls short

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

11th June, 2017
Arundhati Roy: her second novel in 20 years is a major-league mess Pic: Getty

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...

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