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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things (original 1997; edition 2010)

by Arundhati Roy

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Title:The God of Small Things
Authors:Arundhati Roy
Info:Perfection Learning (2010), Hardcover, 333 pages
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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997)

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Amazing use of language. Political, social, erotic, cultural themes knit together in a tragic re-telling of forbidden love in India. ( )
1 vote RobinGregoryAuthor | Aug 20, 2015 |
The prose is beautiful and flowing. The story is heartbreaking, and told in a way that keeps the reader engaged. A truly wonderful read. ( )
  JenLamoureux | Jul 29, 2015 |
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  Jude59 | Jul 26, 2015 |
This had been on my TBR for a very long time, and I'm glad that I finally got around to reading it. The book is set in India and follows the lives of twins (a boy and a girl) through the early events that shaped them. It's a tale of childhood, innocence lost, and forbidden love. While some people may find the prose "overwritten" (as some critics had said), I thought the author's tone and style matched the setting and help to paint the imagery. The prose is sometimes filled with passages that convey both the bitterness and romance of childhood, despite the Be forewarned: there is no shortage of loss in this book (it's a tragedy), but the writing is poetic. ( )
  Neftzger | Jun 24, 2015 |
I think I liked what this book represented and what it implied more than what it actually was, if that makes any sense. I loved the descriptions, the setting, most of the characters, and the way the backstory gradually unfolded piece by piece, and I would read another novel by this writer in a heartbeat, but the journey was a lot more compelling than the final destination in this case. The full story just isn't nearly as nuanced or interesting as the process of discovering it, and it ended on a bit of a flat note. ( )
  okrysmastree | Feb 1, 2015 |
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If Ms. Roy is sometimes overzealous in foreshadowing her characters' fate, resorting on occasion to darkly portentous clues, she proves remarkably adept at infusing her story with the inexorable momentum of tragedy. She writes near the beginning of the novel that in India, personal despair ''could never be desperate enough,'' that ''it was never important enough'' because ''worse things had happened'' and ''kept happening.'' Yet as rendered in this remarkable novel, the ''relative smallness'' of her characters' misfortunes remains both heartbreaking and indelible.

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Never again will a single story be told as though it's the only one.

John Berger
For Mary Roy, who grew me up. Who taught me to say "excuse me" before interrupting her in Public. Who loved me enough to let me go. For LKC, who, like me, survived.
First words
May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month.
Maj je v Ajemenemu vroč, morast mesec.
"D'you know what happens when you hurt people? When you hurt people, they begin to love you less. That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less."
"Just ignore her," Ammu said. "She's just trying to attract attention."

Ammu too was wrong. Rahel was trying to not attract the attention that she deserved.
Rahel looked around her and saw that she was in a Play. But she had only a small part.
She was just the landscape. A flower perhaps. Or a tree.
A face in the crowd. A Townspeople.
Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, greenmossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-coloured puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-coloured minds.
Rahel drifted into marriage like a passenger drifts towards an unoccupied chair in an airport lounge. With a Sitting Down sense.
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In her first novel, award-winning Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation. The God of Small Things is nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family, but the book feels like a million stories spinning out indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms it in an alchemy of poetry. The God of Small Things is at once exotic and familiar to the Western reader, written in an English that's completely new and invigorated by the Asian Indian influences of culture and language.

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The story of an Indian family during the 1969 Communist disturbances in Kerala province. It is told through the eyes of a boy and his sister who are the children of a rich rubber planter. Politics, family drama, illicit love. A debut in fiction.

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