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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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JLB9698, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by JLB9698)
This book amply demonstrates that we are all basically simple human beings who just want to be loved and respected. It is the saddest book I have much unfairness of things. I was profoundly affected.
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jdidlick, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by jdidlick)
Of all the books I have read in the past ten years, this one by far has stood out to me. Her style of writing is very gravitational for the reader, as it is original and daring in its approach. The depth of the characters' and their emotions through universal conflicts enables any reader to be able to empathize with the characters. Also she is able to give significance to the setting and culture of India in the characters and vivid descriptions of the locations of the story. A great read for anyone in need of a book of substance.
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Too Many Notes, January 22, 2010 (view all comments by Too Many Notes)
This is one of the few books that I've read in which the landscape, characters and themes inhabit an absolute place in my mind. It seems to be becoming rarer for a work to make this kind of world for itself-- to refuse to be budged, hundreds of books and many years later. At first, this is a gently paced, slow reveal of a novel, connecting a shared history in the small events and needs and colors of a childhood. There is so much here on the nature of family and status, on the way that lives connect in ways that are usually fully selfish, yet may still bring brief moments of happiness. Catastrophe is accidental, or quiet, or starts so small and guiltless that the culmination brings a sense of very real grief. Roy clearly has a love of language, and understands both the social and private landscape of words. She creates characters who are at once raw and dreamlike, inhabitants of a lush world sentenced to entropy.
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"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.
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"Synopsis" by , Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roys 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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