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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9 Feb, 2018
Not recommended at all
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21 Feb, 2018
AN ABSORBING TALE OF MISFORTUNES...!!!
15 Feb, 2012
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