Review – The Lowland

low landsThe Lowlands tells a story about Two Bengali brothers, having a great bond but possessing personalities that are contradictory to each other. The older one is the more submissive and unadventurous type. Udayan the younger brother is his complete opposite. He is lively and active whose motivation for social work forces him into the Naxalite movement that arose out of the brutal oppression of peasants. From speeches and leaflets he progresses to knives and bombs, and is forced into hiding after his involvement in the killing of a policeman.
The differences between the brothers and their aims are enough to keep the reader’s attention.
It’s not only an account of their differences in lifestyles but also about the brothers’ private lives seem to promise interesting entanglements, with Udayan defying his family to marry an independently minded woman committed to his own political causes, and shy Subhash falling for a single mother he meets on the beach.
Udayan’s life faces a threat, a threat to life. Subhash tends to help his brother and his wife in the misery. His life takes such a turn that he has to marry Udayan’s wife. They both plan to live making compromises and being grateful to each other for each other’s kindness.
Then the readers will go on a ride of the couple’s marriage and the unexpected and astonishing transformations. The author rightly explains the feelings and hardships of the child who has a step-father and a mother who is unable to give the love to her child that he deserves. She is not able to do so because of her conscious steps that she takes to stay at a distance from her second husband.
The story features the common characters as of a wife; a step father and an ignored child but the problems and turns in the story are unique. The writing style is engaging and out of the ordinary.


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