Saturday, February 27, 2010

The God of Small Things


BOOK REVIEW “The God of Small Things”

Author: Arundhati Roy

Genre: Fiction, Novel

Language: English

Pages: 340

Cost: 395/-

Publisher: IndiaInk

First Published in India: 1997

“The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy was on my list of ‘want to read books’ for long time now. I was eager to read the book as I wanted to know why this book received so much of hype. This is Arundhati Roy’s first novel and she won “Booker Prize” for it. So I had all the reasons to read this book.

The book is set in a small town in Kerala. The narrator of this novel is Rahel who has twin brother Estha. Their mother Ammu was married to a Bengali guy but got divorced. So they all live with Ammu’s mother, brother and aunt in Ayemenem House in Kerala. This family owns pickle factory which makes them imperialist so then comes into conflict with the communists in the end. Then there is love affair between Ammu and a guy Velutha who is untouchable. Then there is accidental death of Sophie Mol who is twin’s English cousin. How these two situations change the life of each and every member of family upside down, that is this whole novel is all about.

Arundhati Roy told the story in flashback flash-forward sequences. It keeps you guessing till the end. Her way of characterization is brilliant. Characters you love to hate or hate to love. Description of Kerala is wonderful. Although story I feel is little weak, it is well narrated. The name of book “The God of Small Things” excites you immensely. After finish reading the book although you don’t feel disappointing, you don’t feel satisfied either. At least I felt so.

If I have to rate this book, I will give it 7 out of 10.

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