Reviews

  • She is back with a heavyweight state-of-the-nation story that has been ten years in the making

    Daily Mail
  • Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first

    Financial Times
  • A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion

    Washington Post
  • A humane, engaged near-fairy tale that soon turns dark - full of characters and their meetings, accidental and orchestrated alike to find, yes, that utmost happiness of which the title speaks

    Kirkus (starred review)
  • An author worth waiting two decades for

    Financial Times
  • Ambitious, original, and haunting. A novel [that] fuses tenderness and brutality, mythic resonance and the stuff of headlines . . .essential to Roy's vision of a bewilderingly beautiful, contradictory, and broken world

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, García Márquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. A tale of suffering, sacrifice and transcendence-an entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic

    Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
  • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness confirms Roy's status as a writer of delicate human dramas that also touch on some of the largest questions of the day. It is the novel as intimate epic. Expect to see it on every prize shortlist this year

    The Times
  • Heartfelt, poetic, intimate, laced with ironic humour...The intensity of Roy's writing - the sheer amount she cares about these people - compels you to concentrate...This is the novel one hoped Arundhati Roy would write about India

    Daily Telegraph
  • Teems with human drama, contains a vivid cast of characters and offers an evocative, searing portrait of modern India

    Tatler