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Ullis went to the bathroom and carefully unfolded the business card and placed it on the sink. Then he rolled up a note and snorted the last of his wife's ashes.

Following the death of his wife, Dominic Ullis escapes to Bombay in search of oblivion and a dangerous new drug, Meow Meow. So begins a glorious weekend of misadventure as he tours the teeming, kaleidoscopic city from its sleek eyries of high-capital to the piss-stained streets, encountering a cast with their own stories to tell, but none of whom Ullis - his faculties ever distorted - is quite sure he can trust.

Heady, heartbroken and heartfelt, Low is a blazing joyride through the darklands of grief towards obliteration - and, perhaps, epiphany.

'Jeet Thayil delights not just in pushing the bounds of possibility, but in smashing them to smithereens.' John Burnside
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 16mm | 309g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571356419
  • 9780571356416
  • 465,809

Review Text

Surprisingly colourful and enjoyable . . . Low offers vicarious kicks without the comedown Guardian
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"Stories unfold and hang in the air. They slide into each other, until you're not quite sure how long you've been reading. Jeet Thayil's Bombay is a city dreaming troubled dreams, and Narcopolis will change the way you imagine it."--Hari Kunzru "Thayil delights not just in pushing the bounds of possibility, but in smashing them to smithereens ... Daringly poetic ... An unmissable read."--Guardian Book of the Day [on The Book of Chocolate Saints]
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About Jeet Thayil

Jeet Thayil is a poet, musician and novelist. He was born in Kerala in 1959 and educated at Jesuit schools in Bombay, Hong Kong and New York. He worked as a journalist for twenty-three years before writing his bestselling debut novel, Narcopolis, which won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize. His second novel, The Book of Chocolate Saints, was longlisted for the DSC Prize and described as 'easily the most original and formally inventive novel to come out of India in years' by Salman Rushdie. Thayil's five poetry collections include These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award (India's National Academy of Letters) and he is also the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets.
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Rating details

79 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 19% (15)
4 42% (33)
3 23% (18)
2 15% (12)
1 1% (1)
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