East of the Tolly Club, after Deshapran Sashmal Road splits in two, there is a small mosque. A turn leads to a quiet enclave. A warren of narrow lanes and modest middle-class homes.
Once, within this enclave, there were two ponds, oblong, side by side. Behind them was a lowland spanning a few acres.
After the monsoon the ponds would rise so that the embankment built between them could not be seen. The lowland also filled with rain, three or four feet deep, the water remaining for a portion of the year.The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Without a book or audiobook in progress, I'm at loose ends. I finished a couple of novels over the holiday weekend and picked up The Lowland at the library yesterday. The opening doesn't especially grab me, but I've enjoyed all of Lahiri's previous work. We'll see whether I decide to read this now or save it for another time when I'm not so distracted with holiday planning and preparations. Perhaps a lighter novel or mystery would be better right now. I think I'll see what the library has available for download to my kindle...
What do you think of the opening? Have you read Jhumpa Lahiri?
Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.