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The God of Small Things

8 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Arundhati Roy

In her first novel, award-winning Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation.The God of Small Thingsis nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest … see full wiki

Author: Arundhati Roy
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
5 reviews about The God of Small Things
review by . May 10, 2011
Reads like Poetry
Click here to read the book quotes. I highly recommend reading the book quotes for a small insight into the beauty of The God of Small Things.       I debated a long time over whether or not The God of Small Things deserved a +4 or a +5 rating. The difference between the two ratings seems rather arbitrary, but it's really not. Giving a read a +5 rating means it was perfectly written, and that it is a must read. Upon many days of reflection, …
Quick Tip by . July 18, 2010
Without rehashing the plot -- I am a bit shocked this book won The Booker Prize. It's a haunting and sad tale told in an almost too cute, sing songy, back and forth in time way from the point of view of child -- but told in third person. It is a clever novel and does explore cultural elements, but never really digs deeply enough into the pathos she explores.
review by . March 29, 2001
This unique tale of childhood in India is written in the lyrical prose of an artist, whose vivid childhood scenes set the stage for a lifetime of heartbreak. The child's perception is beautifully wrought from the experience of Rahel, two-egg twin of her brother, Estha. Living on the outside edge of family acceptance, the children attempt to divine a cohesive explanation for the circumstances of their young lives and that of their mother, Ammu. Roy writes compelling dialogue, skillfully rendering …
review by . August 19, 2000
Without rehashing the plot -- I am a bit shocked this book won The Booker Prize. It's a haunting and sad tale told in an almost too cute, sing songy, back and forth in time way from the point of view of child -- but told in third person. It is a clever novel and does explore cultural elements, but never really digs deeply enough in the pathos she explores.
review by . February 26, 1999
You may be curious to read this award winner which has sold so well. But it is mostly all hype, and ultimately it is a difficult to read, disjointed novel. For anyone who is interested in India, Rohinton Mistry's "A Fine Balance" is a far superior novel, also an award winner, but delightfully readable.
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