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The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
The tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love.
ISBN-13: 9780006551096
ISBN-10: 0006551092
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 339
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Flamingo
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
This is one of the most brilliant and beautifully written (although painful) novels I've ever read -- although not an easy read. Arundhati Roy is a master of language --- and of slowly enchanting the reader in a nonlinear plot that is both mystifying and compelling.

Readers might want to be aware that there are free online guides to the book at,, and - all are a great help in reading and understanding it! Be sure to google the title, as there are also a few excellent articles online on the book. The character lists provided by the study guides are helpful, but some contain spoilers. You may want to create to create a character/genealogy chart identifying each character as she appears and his/her relationship to the others. I've created and posted a genealogical chart here:
I've created one and posted it at:

I'm also teaching the book in continuing ed in the Boston area, both in a literature course and a creative writing course focusing on imagery, simile and metaphor. Please message me if interested in either one.
Tracy Marks
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Helpful Score: 9
Absolutely amazing, must-read! Roy tells the story in backwards order and it's just fascinating.
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Helpful Score: 7
This is an incredible book, and just like the river that is so central to the haunting yet beautiful lives of the main characters. The prose will catch you up and carry you along in its flow, while the story meanders and ebbs and flows -- sometimes tranquil, and sometimes fast and furious. Wow.
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Helpful Score: 4
Roy is an amazing story-teller and wordsmith. Her exotic descriptions are vivid, haunting and her rendering of children's thoughts and habits very life-like. The non-linear plot has you a bit confused at first but once you settle into the rhythm of the book, you enjoy each chapter as it comes, expecting the story to unfold to finally tell you what "terror" the book hints at all along. Roy is a gifted writer and well worth your time. I will definitely seek other books by her.
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Helpful Score: 3
A marvelous story told in an intriguing manner! She captures the thought processes of the children beautifully! I had never heard of this author, but I will look for other books by her.
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I read this book based on all the positive, glowing reviews it rec'd. Well I should have paid more attention to the one-star reviews because I completely agree with most of them. This book was so cumbersome. I insisted on finishing it, hoping it would pick up or that something incredible might happen. Well nothing happened. I almost feel like maybe I missed something in there among all her fancy talk and poetic-like writing. I just didn't "get" it. Maybe it was over my head, I don't know. I feel like the author really was all over the place as far as characters and times are concerned. I couldn't tell what was present day and what was the past. I thought about rereading it because I may better understand it a second time but decided that I better not waste any more time on this novel. The Amazon review says that Roy's writing is very dreamlike and sensual. I do agree with this to an extent but it was not intelligible. I like dreamlike writing, but more along the lines of Haruki Murakami. Overall, I felt this was a pretty big waste of my reading time.

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