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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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The set up to this novel is beautiful in that you know from the start of some of the tragedies that are to befall the family but not so much that the rest of the story comes in any... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Suzey Ingold
This is a "love it or hate it" book. I think it's astounding. Wonderful tone, beautiful descriptions, fascinating characters, metaphors and similes so strange and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dennis Fleming
If this wasn't a wonderfully-written novel by Arundhati Roy I wouldn't have finished it. I love her writing, politics, and her. But oof! Read morePublished 16 days ago by sheila dugan
Roy, so cleverly intertwines past,present and the future ...a master at cultivating lives of the characters and drawing you into love, childhood and tragedy ... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sonie
This was a phenomenal book ... characters are unforgettable .. and the prose .. poetry.Published 24 days ago by Mommy Dearest
When one reads this book it is a bit confusing because the author is jumping from one thought to the next. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Edlin
One of my favorite books of all time. The author is a truly special person, Roy has a lot of soul, and it shows in her writing.Published 26 days ago by Martinique Louise Fisher
India incarnate, exploring the legacy of caste blended with the highs of lows of family.Published 1 month ago by Phil Childs
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I bought it on Kindle so I could carry it with me and read from it as I like. I've read it from start to finish 2 times now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Lane