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  • Title: The God of Small Things
  • Author: Arundhati Roy
  • ISBN: 9780006550686
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • They all crossed into forbidden territory They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how And how much The year is 1969 In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, who loves b They all crossed into forbidden territory They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how And how much The year is 1969 In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, who loves by night the man her children love by day , fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi who plays Handel on her violin , their beloved uncle Chacko Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom pincher , and their enemy, Baby Kochamma ex nun and incumbent grandaunt When Chacko s English ex wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river A banquet for all the senses , said Newsweek of this bestselling and Booker Prize winning literary novel a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love.
    The God of Small Things They all crossed into forbidden territory They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how And how much The year is In the state of Kerala on the southernmost tip of Ind

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    1. Okay, first things first The God Of Small Things is a very very clever book, but what makes it exceptional is that it is both beautiful and crafty, a rare combination This book has structure Lots of it She effectively creates a language of her own, a juvenile lucid language which complements the wistful mood of the book beautifully The plot moves around in space and time with masterful ease and one can t help but experience a vague sense of foreboding, a prickly fear in the back of your neck.Fro [...]

    2. Lush, gorgeous prose reading The God of Small Things is like having your arms and legs tied to a slowly moving, possibly dying horse, and being dragged face down through the jungle I mean, like that, only nice You can t stop seeing and smelling everything, and it s all so foreign and rich Potentially ripe with e coli The similes and metaphors Roy employs are simultaneously tactile and surreal, like an overly vivid dream, and her storytelling style is somewhere between Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickin [...]

    3. Please excuse me while I go sit in this corner and be dreadfully underwhelmed.The God of Small Things won the Booker Prize in 1997, and I d heard very good things about it And yet I really didn t like it It s not a bad book far from it The characters she has created are really wonderful, and she has succeeded in evoking all the noises and sights and smells of Kerala, even for someone like me who s never been further east than Poland The narrative structure is disjointed, wandering from the now t [...]

    4. It is 1969 and India although having achieved independence twenty years earlier is still mired in its caste system In this light, Arundhati Roy brings us her masterful first novel The G D of Small Things which won the Man Booker Prize in 1997 A powerful novel filled with luscious prose and a heart rending story, Roy reveals to her readers an India hanging onto to the traditions of the past with a slight glimpse of her future Ammukutty Kochamma, the daughter of a respected entomologist and classi [...]

    5. Arundhati Roy image from Slate This is a wonderful, image rich novel told over several generations of a family in India The central event is the death of a young girl, and how racism, and petty, CYA politics, results in the death of an innocent for a crime that was never committed The central character is a girl woman, a twin, with an almost surreal connection to her other Their family life is told There is much here on Indian history, the caste system and how that continues to manifest in the m [...]

    6. As I stand just outside the compound with the untended garden an uninvited, random visitor the darkened Ayemenem House resembles a haunted mansion, belying the truth of the lives it once nurtured with maternal protectiveness in its cozy interiors Derelict Abandoned Forgotten.But I remember I remember the lives lived, and the loves which were birthed by circumstances, loves which breathed for a while before perishing on the altar of conformity I remember Chacko and Sophie Mol Ammu and Velutha Rah [...]

    7. It didn t matter that the story had begun, because Kathkali discovered long ago that the secret of Great Stories is that they have no secrets The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably They don t deceive you with thrills and trick endings They don t surprise you with the unforeseen They are as familiar as the house you live in Or the smell of your lover s skin You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don [...]

    8. This is, without a doubt, the single worst book ever written.It makes virtually no sense, jumping from past to present tense so often and without warning that you have no idea whats going on Out of nowhere the writer mentions filthy disturbing sexual things for no reason I could not even find a story in there, just meaningless jibberish The thing that amazes me most though, is that while i am yet to meet a single person that LIKES this book, it makes it onto all the top 100 lists etc I can only [...]

    9. I tried to stay afloat with all my willpower but the unchained maelstrom gurgling in Small Miracles and Big Calamities sprouting from this novel proved to be far too violent for my feeble arms and my fragile heart So I drowned I died a thousand deaths engulfed by the swelling waters of this lush river of flowing allegories and rippling parables that washed my being over and over again in waves of piercing beauty and unbearable sadness.Mimicking the natural cycle of the lunar tide, Arundhati Roy [...]

    10. A lyrical, mysterious tale of misunderstanding and pain, echoing through the years At its dark heart, it demonstrates how small things can have multiple and major consequences, meaning that everything can change in a single day Anything can happen to anyone It s best to be prepared and these fears trigger tragedy It is set in Kerala southern India in 1969 when twins Rahel girl and Estha boy are aged 7 and 23 years later, when the twins return to the family home As the narrative switches periods, [...]

    11. I m all by myself here, but what the hell.This reads like a graduate writing class exercise blown from 20 pages to 300 The metaphors, while occasionally fresh and unexpected, are tedious and frequently stand in for something that could be much less complex The writing is self conscious and precious There is really no good reason to tell the story in such a disjointed fashion Roy s attempts to recreate the way children view the world were cute for about 10 pages, and then became tiresome there s [...]

    12. I recognize that when it comes to this book, platitudes are worth even less than usual when it comes to the conveyance of something with actual meaning So on that note I will spare both you and I that Instead, I will comfort myself in the core of metaphor, and go from there.To say that this book resonated with me is akin to saying that ingestion of arsenic does a decent job of causing multi system organ failure To say that I read it at the right time is akin to saying that the added latex to the [...]

    13. Okay, it won the Booker prize and everyone has said it before but god damn is this one melancholy piece of work, and that s actually why I like it.It s melancholy, not depressing, and it answers questions about the characters than it first seemed to, although, I have to say, the characters on the whole are quite two dimensional Then again, so are a lot of real people this is an indictment of human life if ever I saw it.The language is brilliant, the running together of words to form themes, the [...]

    14. At times, we suffer from memory than the past action, we are haunted by the imagination than reality, in a flash it s gone, and we carry the heartache of what if for a lifetime to our heart, We repeat in our mind, tens and hundreds of things to say instead, we imagine infinite remaking of a vision that has gone with the wind, like two lovers of night who meet at a distant bay, trembling with the fear of what lays ahead, and pleasure of anticipation, both hesitant and hasty,loveres fall in a fr [...]

    15. I remember trying to read this book half a dozen times view spoiler I knew I had added this book and that it had disappeared from my shelves so I re added it 11 May Well now I find in Dropbox I exported my books June 1th 2014 and this is the file and the book is on it So how did it disappear I ve never had proof before that I really had added a book that GR removed I ve had them tell me I must have removed it in error, but so many Of course not Besides I don t remove books from the bookshelves b [...]

    16. There is a lot of beautiful writing in this novel, but the rambling fashion in which this story is told makes it difficult to keep the characters and their timelines straight we jump back and forth in time for no reason that I can see The inequality between the genders isn t just about the fact it takes place in India It s also a testament to the era in history in which part of the story is told For example, Ammu s parents think education is wasted on a girl, so she marries the first man she mee [...]

    17. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Anything s possible in Human Nature Good morning Goodreaders Please be forewarned If you aren t familiar with me and are here because this 1 randomly showed up on your feed due to a mutual acquaintance we share or 2 because you are expecting a super smart opinion piece on a modern classic, I have one thing to say to you .In case the f didn t clue you in, I m not going to offer any sort of literary insight in this space What I am going to do is what I alway [...]

    18. 3.5I usually love books that are set in the Indian subcontinent but found this one frustrating to be honest.On the one hand it was a tour de force of sumptuous prose, but on the other I found that the narrative meandered all over the place, making it difficult to for me with my grasshopper brain to keep up.Although Roy s writing is kissed by the gods, I m a great believer in a story s need to flow and my early enthusiasm became steadily dampened as the book progressed.

    19. Nothing mattered much Nothing much mattered And the less it mattered, the less it mattered It was never important enough Because Worse Things had happened In the country that she came from, poised forever between the terror of war and the horror of peace, Worse Things kept happening Perhaps it s true that things can happen in a day That a few dozen hours can affect the outcomes of whole lifetimes And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house the charre [...]

    20. There was no reasoning with this book It caught me with its word shaped eyes and wanted to lock horns It threw me to the ground and thrashed me every time I picked it up During some of these thrashings I came out on top, but most of the time I was overwhelmed by the book s overpowering strength in spite of its meager spine In the last match, as if it had been training me, I overcame the book I had naught to do but reflect upon the struggle that had brought me to slamming shut the final pages in [...]

    21. She remained sitting for awhile Long after the song had ended Then suddenly she rose from her chair and walked out of her world like a witch To a better, happier place.Arundhati Roy 1951 It s been twenty years since the book was published It changed the author s life It may have changed some readers lives also Who can tell I don t care to try to actually review the book What I thought of it is revealed by the rating.The structure of the narrative is a work of wonderful artistry though It centers [...]

    22. A remarkable book and it won the Booker When I sat down on finishing it to think about the themes I realised how much ground Roy had covered and in such a beautifully written way The themes include the caste system, religious tensions, communism, forbidden love, history and colonialism, class, culture, to name but a few It is a family saga told in the third person and is not really sequential the plot in outline is known from fairly early in the book.The plot revolves around twins Rahel and Esth [...]

    23. 4 and 1 2 starsI admire this book its structure, descriptive prose and portrayal of the children One of the Two Things that s an allusion to the book I heard about the novel before reading it was how sad and depressing it is It is, especially in that the adults fail the children so spectacularly and, for the most part, intentionally plus it s always hard to read of children as victims but perhaps I ve read so much sad, depressing fiction in my life that this one didn t stand out as so Or maybe [...]

    24. What does it say about me that I get sort of happy to find an imposter in the canon I feel like the gestapo, that terrifyingly powerful like I m finally undoing or deciphering the spell that this work invokes upon the general albeit intelligent reading audience Others could have easily taken its place on that memorable list and why o why would Tropic of Cancer or Mao II possibly be considered classics, too here is another An award winning masterpiece held high on the literati s bookshelf The plo [...]

    25. This was a beautiful book both contentwise and languagewise I do admit that it s very hard to get into because of its messy storyline and its very poetic and at times absurd writing style, but once you do you can t help but appreciate its beauty I picked up this book because it s part of BBC s Top 100 Books List that I m currently trying to complete, and I m very happy I did so This book is set in India, and so it taught me about a different culture and a different way of living It s about the t [...]

    26. I cannot write a critical review of this book It seems impossible There s something about Indian writing that leaves me overwhelmed and unsettled Writers such as Arundhati Roy herself do not just write words they imprint those words deep within you so that you can hear their echoes resonate inside you every once in a while These writers have a poetic tendency that always manages to creep in their prose They create such a sad, melancholic, lyrical song out of it that you cannot help but succumb u [...]

    27. 92 The God of Small Things, Arundhati RoyThe God of Small Things 1997 is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the Love Laws that lay down who should be loved, and how And how much The book explores how the small things affect people s behavior and their lives It won the Booker Prize in 1997 2012 458 25 1387 9644053672 950 480 1379 9649202757 350 1380 464 1379 9646675999 320 1380 9646905358 199 [...]

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