The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

Book - 2008
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The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy's modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing "big things [that] lurk unsaid" in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Praise for The God of Small Things

"Dazzling . . . as subtle as it is powerful." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"[ The God of Small Things ] offers such magic, mystery, and sadness that, literally, this reader turned the last page and decided to reread it. Immediately. It's that haunting." -- USA Today

"The quality of Ms. Roy's narration is so extraordinary--at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple--that the reader remains enthralled all the way through." -- The New York Times Book Review

"A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does." --John Updike, The New Yorker

"Outstanding. A glowing first novel." -- Newsweek

"Splendid and stunning." -- The Washington Post Book World
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2008.
Edition: 2008 Random House Trade Paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780812979657
Characteristics: xiv, 333 p. ;,21 cm.


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Barbara_Gordon Nov 17, 2010

One of my favourite books of all time. Incredibly beautiful prose, dark, gothic setting, and complex descriptions of the effect of British imperialism on India. This novel, and it's convoluted ending, will leave not knowing what to feel.

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Oct 12, 2017

Page 1 vocabulary and it's only half a page.
Someone said, "There is but one rule in writing; Be clear." I may read this but I'm going to have to get the electronic version where you click and instantly get definitions.

Aug 24, 2017

One of my all time favourites.
After visiting India, I developed a life long love affair with its food, people and culture. Reading this novel was like going deep sea diving for the first time, except this novel isn't about fish! Roy takes you diving under the surface of India, right beneath the chaos and the madness, she shows you a world that is inaccessible to the occasional tourist like myself.
Her prose is arresting, her metaphors stop your heart and make you sit back in your chair to admire their beauty. What Roy does with 'love' in this novel is truly beautiful and I don't think it would be the same were it set anywhere else but India.

Jun 05, 2017

Good Lord! Why only ONE copy of this in the system?!

May 16, 2016

What sets Roy's wring apart from others is her creative use of language. Imagine the farting of mud as steps are taken. She was you in the story telling hat happened before and hat happens after, but it is is not till the end that she tells you what happened. Telling the story through the inexperience of twins also helps convey the story of innocent people caught in actions of which they have no control. I was glad I had visited Cochin before reading this, it gave me a better idea of the lushness of the natural beauty.

Oct 20, 2015

The sense of place and point of view are part of what makes this story a poignant, unforgettable tale of love and innocence lost. I read it this week as this year's Man Booker winner was announced. Amazing storytelling, steeped in the culture and politics of the Kerala region of India. I’ll be thinking of this family for a long time.

Dec 08, 2014

Very visceral writing, and a very sad story

Dec 05, 2014

Plot moves very slowly. I couldn't get past page 19.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 23, 2014

Exquisite writing and unforgettable characters mark this family tragedy set amidst the caste prejudices of India. You'll find this on many critics' Top Ten lists.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 20, 2014

You know you have struck gold from the first paragraph of this exquisite novel. Roy's fertile imagination and sensual, poetic writing style weave colour, smells, sounds and voices into the backdrop of this sometimes beautiful, sometimes agonizing, and always compelling family story. Here is a book that lives up to its lushly appealing lotus-leaved cover.

Jan 21, 2014

This is one of the best books I've ever read. The authour's language is brilliant, the descriptions are lush, the children's perspective is spot on. The first time I attempted to read it I was confused but the second time, I stuck with it and found the story is not really that confusing if you just keep reading.... it all comes together beautifully.

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lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

"she was thirty one not too old, not too young,but a viable dieable age"

Mar 02, 2012

And so, for practical purposes, in a hopelessly practical world...

Mar 01, 2010

And truth be told, it was no small wondering matter.
Because Ammu had not had the kind of education, nor read the sorts of people, that might have influenced her to think the way she did.
She was just that sort of animal.

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lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

Through a series of events two one egg twins are seperated by fate and the actions of those around them. They eventually come back and they rekindle their bond somewhat too close for the the comfort of their nosy grand aunt- Baby Kotchama.


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