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The God Of Small Things is a Booker Prize-winning novel about two children whose lives are traumatized and marred by the intense social bigotry prevalent in India.
Summary Of The Book
The God Of Small Things is the story of seven-year-old fraternal twins, Estha and Rahel, and the destruction that besets their lives after a series of traumatic events. The plot, mainly set in Aymanam in Kerala, does not progress in chronological order. It shifts back and forth in time, focusing on events that span several years of the twins’ lives.
Estha and Rahel live with their mother Ammu, maternal grandmother Mammachi, and great aunt Baby Kochamma. Their lives begin to descend into a downward spiral when Estha is sexually abused by a stranger. Their attempt to run away from home, following a spate of painful incidents, turns disastrous when their cousin Sophie Mol ends up dead in a drowning accident.
The turbulent and grief-ridden events of their childhood mark their lives for ever. Estha becomes perpetually mute while Rahel turns into an empty shell of a person. Their reunion at the age of 31 manages to heal their lives to some extent.
The love affair between the twins’ mother Ammu and a carpenter named Velutha is another storyline that merges with the main plot. Velutha is considered untouchable as he is a member of the lowest caste. His affair with Ammu is vehemently opposed by many people and ends in tragedy. This theme explores the widespread religious and social bigotry entrenched in the Indian society for several centuries.
The God Of Small Things was published in 1997. It received mainly positive reviews, but it was also subject to criticism for its exploration of a controversial subject matter. It went on to win the prestigious Booker Prize in the year of its release. This particular edition is a 2012 reprint by Penguin Books India.
About Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is an Indian author, screenplay writer, and socio-political activist.
She has written a novel, a couple of screenplays, and several essays. Her works include The God Of Small Things, War Talk, Power Politics, The Cost Of Living, The End Of Imagination, and The Greater Common Good.
Her writing focuses on contemporary issues that tackle various political, social, and environmental topics.
Roy was born on November 24, 1961, in Shillong, Meghalaya. She was brought up in Aymanam, Kerala. She was educated at Corpus Christi in Kottayam, Kerala, and then at the Lawrence School in Lovedale, Tamil Nadu. She later took up architectural studies at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. She took up various jobs before her debut novel The God Of Small Things earned her much acclaim and commercial success. It won the Booker Prize in 1997. Roy’s contribution to literature as well as social activism has won her several awards including the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing (2011) and the Sydney Peace Prize (2004).
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A beautifully written book, narrating a story which is not so beautiful. Slightly murky, shatteringly intense, it leaves you blank. Book invents a language of its own, invokes new parameters of justifiability and attempts to creep into some forbidden territories. Skillfully written, it raises many questions about morality, validity of standards about who should be loved, how, and how much. This book is much more than just a literary trailblazer.
It's a confession.
A crestfallen tale.
A bold statement.
Physical relations between twins may be an unpalatable fact. But if that's the way a hideous grief has been shared between the two-who knew each other before this life began- we can let it remain what it is.
A Sharing of pain.
A gravitation between two bodies whose dwelling souls have been involved in sharing something so painful that they have become oblivious of their physical existence and their bodies. A spiritual sharing in which one surrenders everything one owns, to another, just to share the pain which has been flowing deep inside him. Pain- which has failed to diminish with time. And which has only grown in size and projection.
A tender story that deserves to be listened tenderly.
This book is the best pick for a broad and open minded person.. Tells you how "Love" is always associated with sadness, how women are made scape goats for everything that happens, how a person's childhood experiences affect his/her perspectives and whole life.. The book has less to tell and lot to infer. So unleash ur minds open and then start reading the book...
PS: If u dont get the viability of the story,finish reading it and then spend a whole day thinking about it.. U'll get to know how serious the story is (Personal experience)..
Some people don't have the right bent of mind to read works by Indian novelists. Same here. So one fine day a friend of mine gave me a rave review of The God of Small Things. Then I gave it a try and it turned out to be one of the best. If it hadn't been for him I would have missed the beautiful mind of Ms Roy. She changed my perception of the Indian writer. And although I want to read more of her stuff, deep inside I secretly hope that she give up writing for good, for I want anything lesser than the God of Small Things ; and all writers have this tendency to second-rate themselves in time. This book is second to none.
I rarely read fiction. An acquaintance gifted me this book. It was parked on my table for quite sometime. Then i picked it up,because i had nothing else to read. the first few lines caught my imagination because of the vividness in their description. initially i could not understand whether there was at all a story or was it some form of modern writing. But i carried on because of the novelty in the style, the author's candid statements and her playing with words through Esthappen and Rahel, just like I used to do when i was a kid.No, there is no tight plot in this story, where you are left guessing as to what will happen next, but it is a story of human relations, of people no different from most of us. read it if you enjoy variety, read it if you have an open mind.
The story keeps moving between past and present in no specific order. It is difficult to make out the start or end of the book as if you can just start from any page , like i said no specific order. The writer thinke very differntly from a common man. The similies are just amazing. She would suddenly compare a situation or someone with something that only she can imagine and beleive me it is beautiful. I looked forward to every comparison she made thorughout the book. The book does bind you towards the end when you are looking for the climax. But it ends pretty abruptly. Probably the author needs to write a sequel on sibling's bonding, those unsaid words, emotions, I am sure she can write it very well.
The story is written beautifully, while the author plays with words in a funny way, and makes you laugh sometimes, but at the e...Read More
I rarely read fiction. An acquaintance gifted me this book. It was parked on my table for quite sometime. Then i picked it up,b...Read More
The book's status made me buy this book, I opened it, closed it, opened it, closed it>
It has some serious and...
This book is wonderful, showing the reader beauty where it seems non existent. The author Arundhati Roy not for a second fails...Read More