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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.

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“[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

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“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

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“Outstanding. A glowing first novel.” Newsweek

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“Splendid and stunning.” The Washington Post Book World

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“Dazzling...as subtle as it is powerful." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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"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.

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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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CodeAmazon, July 27, 2015 (view all comments by CodeAmazon)
The topic is an important and painful one, but the writing is what really took my breath away. The rhythm of this book is unlike anything I've ever read - the author tells us what will happen, then circles ever closer filling in details like a spirograph.

If you care about Indian culture or classism in its many forms, read this book.

But if you care about writing, let this book seep into your pores.
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Sitara, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Sitara)
I couldn't breathe when I'd finished this - Roy has spectacular range of motion, and an eye for beauty and horror side by side that I haven't found anywhere else. She follows the fall out of one woman's life in the lives of everyone around her, especially her twin son and daughter, moving lazily backwards in time. Underneath and throughout the story throbs the lush history and scenery of Southern India. Though some mysterious power, Roy has bent down and found a way to imbue insects and plants life with magic. Esthappen and Rahel see the world in their own small way...and Roy seems to make the point that these small things are the ones worth clutching at. Loving big sometimes costs too much too be worth it. Though the book is graphic and at times, desperately sad, it carries an intense beauty with it and asks the reader what the Cost of Living is and why we keep living in spite of it. An absolute recommend.
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Mary Stewart, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Stewart)
A moving, poetic love story that opens a magical window to Indian culture, caste system and life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812979657
Author:
Roy, Arundhati
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .7 in .625 lb

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Product details 352 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812979657 Reviews:
"Review" by , “[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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Outstanding. A glowing first novel.”
"Review" by , “Splendid and stunning.”
"Review" by , “Dazzling...as subtle as it is powerful."
"Synopsis" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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