The Cost of Living (Google eBook)
From the bestselling author of The God of Small Things comes a scathing and passionate indictment of big government's
disregard for the individual.
In her Booker Prize-winning novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy turned a compassionate but unrelenting eye on one family in India. Now she lavishes the same acrobatic language and fierce humanity on the future of her beloved country. In this spirited polemic, Roy dares to take on two of the great illusions of India's progress: the massive dam projects that were supposed to haul this sprawling subcontinent into the modern age--but which instead have displaced untold millions--and the detonation of India's first nuclear bomb, with all its attendant Faustian bargains.
Merging her inimitable voice with a great moral outrage and imaginative sweep, Roy peels away the mask of democracy and prosperity to show the true costs hidden beneath. For those who have been mesmerized by her vision of India, here is a sketch, traced in fire, of its topsy-turvy society, where the lives of the many are sacrificed for the comforts of the few.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Cost of LivingUser Review - Jesse Lehrer - Goodreads
Passionate, intense, truthful, Roy is kicking ass with just being in your face honest. It's really important that writer's like her can write about something as technical as building dams but make it ... Read full review
Review: The Cost of LivingUser Review - Jenna - Goodreads
Roy does fantastic job of impressing upon the reader not just the depth of human sorrow created by dams and the atomic bomb but also the absurdity of human indifference behind these atrocities. One ... Read full review