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The God of Small Things: A Novel Paperback – December 16, 2008
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No one part of The God Of Small Things can be understood without understanding the rest of it, but perhaps a chunk from the beginning of the book will reveal some of its beauty and form. Read it aloud if you'd like; that's probably the best way to appreciate it. The quote is this:
"Their lives have a size and a shape now. Estha has his and Rahel hers. Edges, Borders, Boundaries, Brinks and Limits have appeared like a team of trolls on their separate horizons. Short creatures with long shadows, patrolling the Blurry End. Gentle half-moons have gathered under their eyes and they are as old as Ammu was when she died. Thirty-one.
But a viable die-able age."
That quote is particularly apt, revealing as it does the poetic tragedy of the book. There is very little that is uplifting about The God Of Small Things, because nearly every image is surrounded by the knowledge -- which Ms. Roy plainly lays out early on -- that tragedy will befall the characters soon. As readers, we approach the tragedy with mounting horror, followed by something like resignation, followed by deep loss.
The tragedies of this book are the tragedies of caste, of childhood lost, and of love destroyed. Outwardly, the book is the story of two twins and the broken lives that their childhoods yielded.Read more ›
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This book drags on and on with little plot, and the story is confusing and dull. The book is just much too long for the story, perhaps as a short story it would have been better. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a surprise to me. There was so much about the story and its characters that left me speechless. Read morePublished 13 days ago by run slow, finish whenever
I bought The God of Small Things at the library book sale back in October and everyone told me that it was very good. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Utah Mom
I couldn't put this book down. This was such an amazing read! Arundhati's way of writing draws you like a magnet and keeps you till very last.Published 1 month ago by Audrey Jones
This book is the most unique book I have ever read. There has been no book like this one, and I don't think I will read another like it ever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alicia B.
One of my favorite books of all time. It's the kind of thing that once you start reading, you have to keep reading in order to figure out what in the world is going on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex Scott
Interesting. Hoewever, there are parts of the book where it is hard to follow the author's thoughts.Published 3 months ago by dawn fish
An interesting collection of short stories, providing an insight into Indian culture. There are interesting character studies and good plots, but no major surprises. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elizabeth F. Cork