The Folded Earth

The Folded Earth

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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From the widely acclaimed author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing , a powerful and triumphantly beautiful novel set in contemporary India, about a young woman forging a new life in the foothills of the Himalayas.

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2011 MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HINDU LITERARY PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION 2011

WITH HER DEBUT NOVEL, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, Anuradha Roy's exquisite storytelling instantly won readers' hearts around the world, and the novel was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post and The Seattle Times .

Now, Roy has returned with another masterpiece that is already earning international prize attention, an evocative and deeply moving tale of a young woman making a new life for herself amid the foothills of the Himalaya. Desperate to leave a private tragedy behind, Maya abandons herself to the rhythms of the little village, where people coexist peacefully with nature. But all is not as it seems, and she soon learns that no refuge is remote enough to keep out the modern world. When power-hungry politicians threaten her beloved mountain community, Maya finds herself caught between the life she left behind and the new home she is determined to protect.

Elegiac, witty, and profound by turns, and with a tender love story at its core, The Folded Earth brims with the same genius and love of language that made An Atlas of Impossible Longing an international success and confirms Anuradha Roy as a major new literary talent.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2012, c2011
ISBN: 9781451633337
Branch Call Number: ROY
Characteristics: 269 p. : map ; 22 cm

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Jul 22, 2012

A fair attempt to recreate the feel for the contemporary lives of people in a remote mountain village. Plenty of interesting characters, but I didn't find any of them drawn fully enough to engage me. The "progress" in the region was sad to see, and some of the political struggles were kind of interesting, but not deeply enough described either. Diwan Sahib was the highlight of the story, though, and the end regarding his papers well done.

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