Book Review – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

the-god-of-small-things-400x400-imadcxj5wuhxfcgzThe God of Small Things
(1997) is the debut novel of Indian author Arundhati Roy. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997. This book is her only novel till 2010.

The God of Small Things is ostensibly the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family in a small village in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The book keeps spinning out million storiesĀ  indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms to lush, gorgeous prose or rather poetry. The God of Small Things is exotic and familiar, written in a style that’s completely new and invigorating.

While generally praised, the book did receive some criticism for its verbosity and controversial subject matter.The story is set in the caste society of India. Along with the caste system, readers see an economic class struggle. The God of Small Things isĀ  written in a non-sequential narrative style ,which allows Roy a great deal of flexibility as she chooses which themes and events are most important to pursue. It is melancholy piece of work, not depressing.

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