The Cost of Living

The Cost of Living

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada c1999.
ISBN: 9780679310372
Branch Call Number: 333.9115095475 Roy
Characteristics: 126 pages
Additional Contributors: Roy, Arundhati


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May 15, 2015

Arundhati Roy writes poetically about the horrendous legacy of imperialism in India. This book examines the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam in western India and the resistance of the brave indigenous people who are displaced because of the project.

Her account is frank, rage-filled, at times comedic and overall does a really good job of outlining the historical context.

If you like Eduardo Galeano's writing you'll like this book too.

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