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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER

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: Random House Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9780812979657
0812979656
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 21 cm

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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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thelibrarylush
Dec 07, 2017

November (?) book for Restricted Section book group

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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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ALICESOOT
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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brangwinn
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.

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EmilyEm
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.

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Persnickety77
Dec 08, 2014

Very visceral writing, and a very sad story

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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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