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The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
"Dazzling.As subtle as it is powerful. Remarkable."--New York Times"This outstanding novel is a banquet for all the senses we bring to reading." --Newsweek"Hauntingly wonderful . . . Exquisite . . . Unforgettable."--USA TodayWinner of the 1997 Booker Prize - - New York Times Best SellerBorn from two eggs in the one wo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780694519606
ISBN-10: 069451960X
Publication Date: 12/1/1997
Edition: Abridged
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3.2 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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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 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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Born from two eggs in the one womb of their beloved mother Ammu, Rahel and Esthappen have little to cling to but each other, and the occasional joy that passes through their young lives like a cool breeze on a sweltering Indian day. When Ammu, divorced and disappointed, returns with the twins to her family home in southern India, their worlds begin to open wider, all the while closing in on them. As the three arrive into the arms of Ammu's eccentric and unforgettable relatives, a tragedy begins to unfold that will propel them toward a fate that has perhaps stalked them from their inception. Yet throughout the pain and hardships of things large and small, the humor, humanity, and ferociously perceptive intelligence only betstowed upon seven-year-olds shines gloriously through.
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The writing is very poetic and listening this book may be better than reading it.

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