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The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is a tale about two fraternal twins and their childhood experiences and how their lives are forever changed by a set of unfortunate events whose roots are deeply embedded in the social and political systems of the town they live in.

Summary Of The Book

The God Of Small Things is centered around the Ipe family living in Ayemenem, Kerala, after Independence. Estha and Rahel are the protagonists of Roy’s story. The twins reside with their mother, uncle, and grandparents.

The story begins with the arrival of Sophie Mol, the twins’ cousin. She arrives from England with her mom, to spend their Christmas vacation in India. Sophie’s step father died tragically in a car accident, so as soon as she arrives in India she is the center of attention of all the adults at home. Feeling ignored, the twins fix an old boat with the help of their friend Velutha. The twins, Rahel and Esthappen use this boat to frequently traverse the river and visit an old, abandoned house. Velutha belongs to a lower caste, and is an Untouchable, but the Ipe family have known him since childhood, and employ him in their pickle factory.

The plot thickens when it is discovered that the twins’ mother Ammu is having a relationship with Velutha. Since this is a socially unacceptable practice, Ammu is locked up in a room. When the twins attempt to speak to her, she angrily tells them that had they not been there she would’ve been free. Feeling hurt, the twins decide to run away to their abandoned house. Sophie learns about the twins’ plan and joins them. As the children traverse the river, the boat capsizes. The twins are able to swim across, but Sophie is carried away by the current. Feeling exhausted, the twins fall asleep in their abandoned house.

Unbeknownst to the twins, Velutha is also sleeping there, on the veranda. When the children’s absence is discovered, the family also learns about the discovery of Sophie’s body near the river. The twins’ grandmother immediately reports to the police that Velutha is responsible for raping Ammu and kidnapping the twins. The police find Velutha and subject him to a brutal beating.

The God Of Small Things was the recipient of the Booker Prize in 1997. It grabbed the fourth spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her debut novel had the highest success for a non-expatriate Indian author.

About Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an author, essayist, and political activist. She has also authored Walking With The Comrades, Broken Republic: Three Essays, The Hanging of Afzal Guru, Listening To Grasshoppers: Field Notes On Democracy, and Kashmir: The Case For Freedom.

Roy graduated with a degree in architecture, from the School of Planning and Architecture, in Delhi. After the resounding success of her first novel, Roy became a screenwriter for the television serial The Banyan Tree. Apart from writing, Roy is actively involved in political matters. She has participated in demonstrations supporting Kashmir’s independence. Roy has also outwardly criticized the American military invasion of Afghanistan. Arundhati Roy was married twice. She currently resides with her husband Pradip Krishen, in New Delhi.

Specifications of The God of Small Things (Paperback)

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Authored By Arundhati Roy
Book Details
Publisher Penguin
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2002 April
ISBN-13 9780143028574
ISBN-10 014302857X
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 356 Pages
Awards The Man Booker Prize Winner
Award Year 1997
Dimensions
Width 5.59 inch
Height 8.62 inch
Weight 433 g
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17 June 13
Splendid. In a word.

Have to come in terms with the fact that Only those with childhood still in them, would enjoy this book. How can such a beautiful language even exist?- That was my initial reaction to this. Ms. Roy demands such strong emotion from her readers that it makes you really wonder if you were an invisible being lingering around when the lives of the characters unfold in front of you. It literally serenades you, making you believe that these characters, really, yes, do exist. However, it your imagination that tells you that they are real.

i wish she wrote more fiction. touching more lives with each of her words.

This book has made me imagine, cry, ponder, chuckle, frown brought in goosebumps and contemplate in many ways like no book has ever done before. Vividly. Unashamed. The best part being that you imagine the characters living in front of you. To get hold of that small part is another thing. True, childhood lives only if you water it through your life.

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22 February 14
A brilliant book!

In her debut novel, Arundhati Roy delivers a simple story set against the backdrop of communism, social discrimination & casteism. In a sleepy little town, near present day Kottayam, Kerala, reside the Syrian Christian fraternal twins Rahel and Esthappen (Estha), the children of Ammu Ipe.

Roy writes a story so powerful, eliciting a strong response from the reader, and yet it remains poetically sublime. Her language is beautiful throughout the book, and it paints a vivid imagery in the readers mind, that at once enthrals and the very next page, destroys. It is for this reason, that very often, people have polarised view about how good this book is. So let me put it out there - this book is all about haunting tragedy. It is an ability to write tragic stories such that your readers weep with you, and Roy has done just that. If you prefer books with an optimistic overtone, you will most certainly find it difficult to be appreciative of what Roy has to offer in terms of literature, because it really is that depressing a read. This book, resonated with me, as I am sure it will with millions of other readers.

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20 March 14
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A Sensory Feast!

When i began reading the book, i was a little troubled by the not so comfortable names. Also, the starting was pretty dark and gloomy. However, as the book progressed, i discovered the true charm of Roy's writing. The description is so fluid and artistic that you can actually picture the scene being painted in your head (I am not saying that you can picture the scene being enacted. I am saying that its almost like an artist is painting away with his brush and with each line read, the painting becomes a little more complete). The magic lies in the narration, i guess.

Throughout the novel, the story keeps reminding you that it is going to have a tragic ending, and yet, there is a level of innocent charm of childhood that Roy has managed to sustain. I think this is the first time that i have encountered a book that is gloomy on the outside and charming on the inside.

Roy has this irritating habit of describing really gross idiosyncrasies of us Indians, in the book, rather candidly and descriptively, while maintaining a factual tone. You almost cringe with embarrassment, as you read. What's worse is that one cannot point fingers at her, because she isn't fabricating them. I guess i gotta learn to be a better sport.

Right until the end, i had a little trouble in getting familiar with the names of the characters. However, it still remains of the the most lively, vibrant and yet poignant book i've read.

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17 February 12
A Rarity

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)..

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27 April 13
She plays with words

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.

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