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The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER#1 CANADIAN BESTSELLER#1 UK BESTSELLERNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARThe international publishing sensation of 1997 -- translated into 18 languages -- a magical, sophisticated tour de force now available in a stunning Vintage Canada edition.The God of Small Things heralds a voice so p...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679308508
ISBN-10: 0679308504
Pages: 321
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4.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The God of Small Things on + 407 more book reviews
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 gradesaver.com,shmoop.com, litchart.com and wsu.edu - 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: http://www.windweaver.com/literature/gost.png

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
Beautiful language and a haunting tale of love and loss. Read it for a book group and all of us had praise for the book. Roy's first novel and a Mann Booker prize winner.
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I am so thankful I got to read this book. Roy is a stunning author who plays wonderfully with her words, which she calls the "graphic design of language." All her descriptions and the words that she chooses to use are unique and memorable. Beyond that, the story is poignant, heartbreaking, and will incite you to tears of hopelessness and yells of fury, all the while sticking with you. Highly recommended.

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