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The God of Small Thingsby Arundhati Roy
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Southern India 1969. Here, armed only with the invincible innocence of children, Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, who loves by night the same man her children adore by day... their blind grandmother, who plays Handel on her violin... their beloved uncle, A Rhodes Scholar pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher... their enemy, an ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt... and the ghost of an imperial entomologist' s moth. But when their English cousin and her mother arrive for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in an instant, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever. The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.
“[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 hauntingly wonderful.” 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
“Outstanding. A glowing first novel.” Newsweek
“Splendid and stunning.” The Washington Post Book World
“Dazzling...as subtle as it is powerful." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A banquet for all the senses," said Newsweek of this bestselling and Booker Prize-winning literary novel — a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love.
Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy's debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevokably 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.
About the Author
Arundhati Roy was trained as an architect. She has worked as a production designer and written the screenplays for two films. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first book.
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