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The God of Small Things

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    Arundhati Roy(Author) Sneha Mathan(Narrator)

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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.

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 Things is nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family, but the book feels like a million stories spinning out indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms it in an alchemy of poetry. The God of Small Things is at once exotic and familiar to the Western reader, written in an English that's completely new and invigorated by the Asian Indian influences of culture and language. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Geldriia on 23 April 2017

    Story of the twins and their family, leading from everyday happenings to heartbreaking ends. They way we jump between childhood and adulthood and describe the stories either as memories or as actual happenings from the kid's point of view, manages to gradually build up the tension and the painful end of the book. Excellent read.

  • By Amanda Amarotico on 20 June 2017

    Sorry it took so long to get to.What a great writer. Love her metaphors and I'm learning so much about the history of a place where some of my beloved friends and colleagues are from. Can't put the book down!

  • By Diva on 1 May 2017

    An excellent read, looking forward to her latest book.

  • By Essex Girl on 14 September 2017

    Bought for my book club. A good read but it did take me a while to get into the swing of it. Would definitely read this author again.

  • By Mr. Graham L. Vine on 20 June 2017

    A beautifully put together book. Enjoyed reading it immensely.

  • By MJ on 31 August 2017

    The single most touching and intriguing book I've ever read. It can't be explained. It's a complex novel with prose so tight it reads like poetry

  • By joey on 3 August 2017

    looking forward to reading her new publication

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