The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

Book - 1997
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A beautiful reissue of the Booker Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling novel about an Indian family in tragic decline.


Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on an affluent Indian family that is forever changed by a visit from their English relatives.

Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. Sweet and heartbreaking, ribald and profound, The God of Small Things is written in a voice so powerful and original that it burns itself into the reader's memory.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, 1997.
ISBN: 9780735273283
9780679309413
0679309411
9780679308508
0679308504
Branch Call Number: FICTION ROY

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AnaGM May 22, 2019

One of my favorite books ever, it's a treasure.

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pridi_o
Apr 19, 2019

What a beauty... What a book... I love you, Arundhati Roy.

The God of Small Things is a remarkable debut novel from Arundhati Roy, an Indian author who won the Man Booker Prize for this very work. This book is a story of a family caught in the middle of social and political change. More specifically, the story follows two estranged twins who are recalling a childhood incident that tore their family apart and changed their lives forever. The narrative jumps back and forth between present (1993) and past (1969), which helps build a sense of suspense, tragedy and dread. The language is beautiful – sometimes I had to stop just to enjoy the poetry of a paragraph. The characters are complicated and well-drawn, which for me is a must for any family drama. There are also many historical details that give an interesting perspective on India’s complicated recent past. Highly recommended. (Submitted by Naomi.)

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HCLFriend
Oct 10, 2018

Purple prose alert! I agree with the other reviewer that it is unreadable. Tried to see its good points. Because it is such a well-known Booker prize winner, are we pre-disposed to thinking this book is better than it actually is? Way overrated.

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SherryNeufeld
Sep 03, 2018

Absolutely exquisite writing!

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compufobe
Mar 01, 2018

This is the third or fourth time I have read this since it was published and awarded the Booker. I enjoy it more with each reading. And I think it is superior to the novel she published last year.

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mocatwoman
Dec 13, 2017

Beautiful, well written story -- I just returned from visiting the state of Kerala in Southern India (my guide recommended the title), and the novel captures life in that area so well. 5 Stars.

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Dyslexicon
Oct 12, 2017

Page 1 vocabulary and it's only half a page.
brooding
dissolute
bluebottles
vacuously
suffused
sullen
laterite
ply
PWD
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.

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HollyMc31
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.

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graybear1
Jun 05, 2017

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

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Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

Heaven opened and the water hammered down, reviving the reluctant old well, greenmossing the pigless pigsty, carpet bombing still, tea-colored puddles the way memory bombs still, tea-colored minds.

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

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

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Gumbosplat
Mar 02, 2012

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

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ndp21f
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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