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'I was captivated by The Folded Earth and swept into its narrative ... it tells a story about love and hate, continuity and change, loss and grief in a convincing and memorable setting' The Independent. 'Roy has an admirably restrained style and her novel offers a vivid evocation of north India. She conjures up striking images with the lightest of touches' Tatler. 'There is a gentle perfection to the way Roy writes - unhurriedly but with soft precision, using words and phrases that are so apt they almost do not register separately, fusing form and content flawlessly' The Hindu. 'Culminates in a gripping climax that leaves the reader with a poignant yearning for lost loves and sweet revenge' Times of India. 'Even minor characters are evoked with inventive idiosyncrasy ... her prose is tight with life' Daily Mail. 'Seamlessly places the private lives of her characters within a larger socio-political setting ... at the end of the Folded Earth you feel a firm belief in the redemptive qualities of life and love' Elle. 'Poignant and subtle in its storytelling ... the story of love and sorrow told in poetic prose' Verve. 'Negotiates passion and pain, hate and hauteur, with a deftness of narrative skill that is distinctly acrobatic' India Today. 'A joyous novel about grief' Tehelka. 'Delights as much for the allure of the writing as for its very hill-like twists and turns' Indian Express. 'From its inspired title to its tactilely enticing cover, Anuradha Roy's second novel demands the reader pause, slow down, savor this work' Biblio. 'A remarkably assured work ... filled with beautifully crafted prose' Country and Town House Magazine, UK.

About the Author

Anuradha Roy won the Economist Crossword Prize, India's premier award for fiction, for her novel The Folded Earth, which was nominated for several other prizes including the Man Asia, the D.S.C., and the Hindu Literary Award. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been widely translated and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Seattle Times.

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  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (February 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYF4T2
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Anuradha Roy won the Economist Crossword Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Folded Earth, which was nominated for several other prizes including the Man Asia.

Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, has been translated into 15 languages across the world. It was named by World Literature Today as one of the 60 most essential books on modern India and was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize. She won the Picador-Outlook Non-Fiction Prize in 2004.

Anuradha Roy's journalism and book reviews have been published in Outlook, India Today, Outlook Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, Biblio, Telegraph, Indian Express, and the Hindu. She works as a designer at Permanent Black, an independent press which she runs with her husband, Rukun Advani. She lives in India.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Write Edge on April 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
After losing her husband in a dramatic accident, a young widow decides she must move close to the mountains he loved and trekked. She thinks she has found the ideal hideout, a small village in the folds of the Himalayas, and her life regains some sense of balance. But when her landlord's nephew comes back to town after a long absence, the young widow suddenly realizes that with him has come the upheaval she so desperately wanted to escape.

Anuradha Roy's second novel, The Folded Earth, compels readers to stay up late at night and try to finish "just one more chapter." Roy's exquisite prose will draw readers in one word at a time, one sentence at a time, and her eloquence offers rich characterizations and deep landscape descriptions. Her story will not disappoint either and goes toe to toe with Roy's usage of language, giving readers what they so deserve: a fantastic book to enjoy many times over.

The protagonist, Maya, marries the love of her life, crossing all of the boundaries set by society, religion, and caste. Her father instantly disowns her, but Maya and her husband, Michael, begin their life together in Hyderabad (in the south of India) in bliss. As a trekker, Michael often goes on long expeditions to the statuesque mountains sitting on India's northern border, and when he doesn't come home from his final, fatal, expedition Maya knows she must go there herself to be as close to Michael's spirit as possible.

She relocates to the small village of Ranikhet, and slowly she makes a place for herself with the long-time residents. Her landlord, Diwan Sahib, remembers India before the Partition and Independence; Ama, her next-door tenant, alternates between raising her granddaughter, Charu, and raising eyebrows with the local gossip.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SusieBookworm (Susanna P) on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first 100 or so pages of this started out as strong as "An Atlas of Impossible Longing," which I absolutely loved reading last year. I remember now why I love Anuradha Roy's writing so much - it comes off as enchanting and magical, and she says everything so eloquently and with occasional large words. I love how she interworks details from Indian history, archaeology, and culture with the main point of the story. But, unfortunately, I did not think that this book was anywhere near as fantastic as Roy's previous novel. The plot was very slow-paced, and if not for Roy's great writing, I would probably have been bored enough to struggle finishing the book. The storyline meandered, never truly reaching what was expected from reading the book's blurbs. I didn't feel like the story and characters were as well-developed as they could have been, and the overall plot seemed to be missing some cohesive element. I think, on the last page, I finally grasped SOME of the points Roy was trying to make with the novel. "The Folded Earth" is worth a read - Roy's writing is still wonderful and there are some interesting points to the book - but if you're choosing between it and "An Atlas of Impossible Longing," go with the latter!

Disclaimer: I received my copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ripple on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Set in a remote hill top town in the Himalayas where the earth has folded to create the majestic scenery, a young woman, Maya, recently widowed arrives to be closer to the scene of her husband's climbing accident. There, she encounters a rich variety of characters who seem to leap of the page, foremost of which two at opposite ends both of society and life's journey - Charu, a young peasant girl whose emerging relationship with a young cook is touching and sweet, and Maya's eccentric landlord, a relict of the Raj who may or may not be in possession of some intriguing personal letters that pertain to India's history and the departing British.

There are three great strengths to this book. Firstly the contrast between the timeless majesty and beauty of the landscape and the all too brief lives of the often rather less noble human residents who live there. This leads to the second reason that this is such a good read: Roy creates some wonderful, often quite eccentric characters. You can always tell when this is done to perfection when even the smallest bit part characters seem to come to life with a few brief idiosyncracies. The final thing that stands out about this book is that, while at times it's not altogether clear where the plot, such as it is, is heading, the final few pages make sense of the whole thing and may surprise you and will probably make you smile.

The overall tone of the book is gentle and charming, although that's not to say that it glosses over some important issues surrounding modern day India, but rather it gently sends these up with a delicate humour.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Book Him Danno on May 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book started out with a good flow but about the half-way point it slowed down. I had to push through the pages to pick the story up again and with that the flow increased. The lives of the people living in this remote area of India were interesting and diverse. The sadness and loss I felt in the beginning returned at the end. Such heartbreak and despair for one person seems unbearable.

The relationships Maya experienced in her life were varied and yet each left its mark on her personality and life. Friends, lovers, family, all of them made life difficult yet worth living. I could feel Maya's pain and loss. She is a character I may keep around awhile. The ending hit me hard and I have to say that I do not entirely disagree with Maya's decision. She had been wronged in so many ways by someone she thought loved her, one more wrong may just make a right. I wish the book had given me a better idea of where Maya went and how her life turned out.

I enjoyed this book more than I did this authors first work, Atlas of Impossible Longing. If you enjoy stories of life, loss, love and finding peace, I think you will like this book. If you enjoyed her first book then this is a must-read for you.
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