REVIEW || Arundhati Roy: The God of Small Things

review arundhati roy god of small things

 

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy tells the story of Indian characters who all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. A landscape of extravagant ruin. A political fable, part psychological drama, part fairy tale.

 

But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said.
The Big Things lurk unsaid inside.

 

This Booker Prize-winning novel was the literary sensation of the 1990s. Roy presents little puzzle pieces which could be part of a beautiful diamond shape storyline which the reader untangles in a non-chronological order. As we read along, we drift into the Indian world and become aware that the concept of time is relative.

It felt as if I was training my own mind to pay closer attention to the world we live in. Roy's voice not only blows into the storyline but also inside the reader's mind.

 

 

Publisher's Note

This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother's factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion a childhood in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher) and their sworn enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun, incumbent grand-aunt).

 

Favourite parts in the book?

...Rahel's list was an attempt to order chaos. She revised it constantly, torn forever between love and duty. It was by no means a true gauge of her feelings. (p.151)

...The thing to remember was that the very fact that she had a choice was a great privilege. (p.160)

...This knowing slid into him cleanly, like the sharp edge of a knife. (p.177)

...Here they had discovered for themselves the disconnected delights of underwater farting. (p.203)

 

 

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She wore flowers in her hair & carried magical secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. #arundhatiroy

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What have I taken from this book?

Everything can change in a day.

Yes, exactly that. The entire storyline is a reminder that we are not in control of the chain of incidents once it's set in motion.

But also, that the small things are not merely small things. It all depends on the voice and the observer noticing these small things. You can sing a beautiful song when you can read the music sheet.

 

Author: Arundhati Roy (Sagittarius Sun/Mars, Gemini Moon, Mercury/Venus/Neptune in Scorpio, Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter in Aquarius, Pluto/Uranus in Virgo)
Title: The God of Small Things
Publisher
: Harper Collins
ISBN: 978-0-00-655068-6

Date: 1997
Pages: 340
Order: here

 

Have you read anything by Arundhati Roy yet - maybe her new book which just came out?
Or can you recommend any other Indian authors?

 

 

 

 

 

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48 comments

  1. Its really interesting, I definitely need to read this. I love books that have a good story line that truely wakes up the mind. Thank you for this review.

  2. This book sounds amazing. I love the title. I often Thank God for small miracles… usually just after I have done something completely uncalled for and I get away unscathed.

    1. Thanks Suvarna, hope you enjoy!! <3 and yes, i do too... the small things matter A LOT 😀

  3. I love reading books and this one I have already have read the summary at the back book but I was hesitant to take it. now I think I will 🙂 thanks for the great review

  4. Sounds like a good book. Great supporting pictures. I have pinned it to my bookshelf, thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like an interesting read, I might have to check it out, be a good book for the road while I’m on my travels 😀 Thanks for the review

  6. I have never read anything by this author but I am intrigued to read this book for myself… I’m going to go to my local library tomorrow to see if they have it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for reminding me of this brilliant book! We all have been taking to reading things on the internet, straining our eyes and staying dependent on our machines, may be we all should start reading such books at least once a week for the fun it offers!

    1. Ohhh danke, danke, danke fuer deine unterstuetzenden Worte. Das bedeutet mir so viel!! Hoffe Du hast ein tolles Wochenende. <3

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