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The God of Small Things The year isIn the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers demonstration Inside the car sit two egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu who loves by night the man her children love by day , their blind grandmother, Mammachi who plays Handel on her violin , their beloved uncle Chacko Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom pincher , their enemy, Baby Kochamma ex nun and incumbent grandaunt , and the ghost of an imperial entomologist s moth with unusually dense dorsal tuftsWhen their English cousin, Sophie Mol, and her mother, Margaret Kochamma, arrive on a Christmas visit, Esthappen and Rahel learn that Things Can Change in a Day That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river graygreen With fish in it With the sky and trees in it And at night, the broken yellow moon in itThe brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of itThe God of Small Things takes on the Big Themes Love Madness Hope Infinite Joy Here is a writer who dares to break the rules To dislocate received rhythms and create the language she requires, a language that is at once classical and unprecedented Arundhati Roy has given us a book that is anchored to anguish, but fueled by wit and magic front flap


10 thoughts on “The God of Small Things

  1. Rajat Ubhaykar Rajat Ubhaykar says:

    Okay, first things first The God Of Small Things is a very very clever book, but what makes it exceptional is that it is both beautiful and crafty, a rare combination This book has structure Lots of it She effectively creates a language of her own, a juvenile lucid language


  2. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    That s what careless words do They make people love you a little less. Honestly, I wanted to like this one SO much but it was terrible. The novel follows a multi generational Indian family in 1969 The matriarch, Mammachi, is their abused and blind grandmother Ammu is the we


  3. Adrianne Mathiowetz Adrianne Mathiowetz says:

    Lush, gorgeous prose reading The God of Small Things is like having your arms and legs tied to a slowly moving, possibly dying horse, and being dragged face down through the jungle I mean, like that, only nice You can t stop seeing and smelling everything, and it s all so for


  4. Siria Siria says:

    Please excuse me while I go sit in this corner and be dreadfully underwhelmed The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize in 1997, and I d heard very good things about it And yet I really didn t like it It s not a bad book far from it The characters she has created are really


  5. Brina Brina says:

    It is 1969 and India although having achieved independence twenty years earlier is still mired in its caste system In this light, Arundhati Roy brings us her masterful first novel The G D of Small Things which won the Man Booker Prize in 1997 A powerful novel filled with luscio


  6. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Arundhati Roy image from Slate This is a wonderful, image rich novel told over several generations of a family in India The central event is the death of a young girl, and how racism, and petty, CYA politics, results in the death of an innocent for a crime that was never committ


  7. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    As I stand just outside the compound with the untended garden an uninvited, random visitor the darkened Ayemenem House resembles a haunted mansion, belying the truth of the lives it once nurtured with maternal protectiveness in its cozy interiors Derelict Abandoned Forgotten.But


  8. Amytyr Amytyr says:

    This is, without a doubt, the single worst book ever written.It makes virtually no sense, jumping from past to present tense so often and without warning that you have no idea whats going on Out of nowhere the writer mentions filthy disturbing sexual things for no reason I could n


  9. Rowena Rowena says:

    It didn t matter that the story had begun, because Kathkali discovered long ago that the secret of Great Stories is that they have no secrets The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably They don t dece


  10. Jake Jake says:

    I m all by myself here, but what the hell.This reads like a graduate writing class exercise blown from 20 pages to 300 The metaphors, while occasionally fresh and unexpected, are tedious and frequently stand in for something that could be much less complex The writing is self consci


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