Exploring the dark recesses of mind in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland: insights and limitations

Batra, Jagdish (2014) Exploring the dark recesses of mind in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland: insights and limitations. The Commonwealth Review, 23 (1). pp. 158-169. ISSN 0974-0473

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Abstract

Jhumpa Lahiri’s second novel and fourth book of fiction The Lowland is a deeply disturbing novel that was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. It is an epical story covering sixty years of four generations located in two continents. Also it is a saga of love that survives death of the beloved. Besides, the novel presents the predicament of dashed hopes of parents left behind in India, problematic family ties in America and above all, a contrast between an idealist frame of mind and a practical one. While it is a powerful novel that tries to capture the confused undercurrents of mind of its principal characters, it fails to account for the problems it raises at the macro level. My paper tries to focus on the psychological patterns operating in the depiction of characters.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Immigrant | Naxalites | Problematic family | Heredity and environment
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Global Languages Centre
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2022 05:16
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2022 05:16
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2390

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