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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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This book was so ridiculously amazing ( )
  joshanastasia | Oct 20, 2016 |
Shows great promise for a young writer. A definite recommend. The physical and emotional descriptions go on a bit long, but are completely forgivable. Eventually they arrive at a lovely place. Touching. A nice literary escape. ( )
  zoegreenfeld | Sep 20, 2016 |
I'm not against consensual incest (say what you will), and the book is influential. ( )
  dxrsam | Aug 12, 2016 |
I liked the author's use of words, she was very creative. The story was dark and sad as Booker Prize books often are. The setting is 1969 in the southernmost tip of India. Two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen are two innocent children that will be severely affected by the adults in their lives. "Things can change in a day" is one of the many statements made by the author that creates foreboding as the reader nears the end. ( )
  Kristelh | Aug 1, 2016 |
Arundhati
  StPaulsChurch | Jul 19, 2016 |
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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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Epigraph
Never again will a single story be told as though it's the only one.

John Berger
Dedication
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.
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May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month.
Maj je v Ajemenemu vroč, morast mesec.
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"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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060977493, Paperback)

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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