- Library Binding: 333 pages
- Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 January 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606865617
- ISBN-13: 978-1606865613
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 474 customer reviews
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The God of Small Things Library Binding – 1 Jan 2010
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Let’s consider why.
To begin with, the book is about a Syrian Christian family in Kerala, God’s Own Country in India. The story is about family intrigues, intrigues of love in and out of wedlock, political intrigues, industry ownership and labor movement intrigues. And children ensnared in the whole shindig.
While I am not Christian, part of my own ancestry is from Kerala, so I felt a sense of identity as I went through the book. I have identified and I have not identified.
After finishing the book and ruminating over it for a couple of days, I have not identified the protagonist. There are a few candidates in the book, but not one of them stands out more than the other. And yet, the story is whole.
There is an identifiable beginning, a mindboggling middle and a uncertain end that leaves the reader guessing. For a long time after the end, to be fair to the story.
I am not able to identify the writing style. It is crazy, and I am using that word after a lot of consideration. The storyline shows no respect for accepted theories on clarity of points of view and it shows scant deference to prescribed norms of backstory. It jumps from here to there and back, from him to her and back, from then to now and back with gray abandon. The tone of the book is neither bright white, nor dull black, but all shades of gray in between.
And yet, this extraordinary mishmash of ingredients works as a story, because it is almost horrifying in its underlying grime and struggle and pathos. It worked on me.
You may find it a little bit hard to keep up with certain character names, but you will never ever regret reading this book.
Most people do not endorse Arundhati Roy's political views but one doesn't need to,to appreciate one of the greatest stories ever created in modern times.
A total of 340 pages and not once did 'The God of Small Things' fall back on a filler line or two.Every single observation,every single personification asks to be marvelled at.
Like Shakespeare, she weaved magic into this , building on what would otherwise have been too ordinary to be put in a book,and in the process, following the footsteps of the bard quashed the Story Laws(as she would love to call it) that stated that Language has only so much in it to describe.
And like Tolstoy,she abstained herself from deceptions in the plotline and gave most of it far earlier than has been the norm. The only way one can give a spoiler from this book, is by giving someone else the whole book.
Yet,the reader would go through all the lines-re-read the gloomy foreboding, sing along the Malayalam rhymes and even do the reverse pronunciations like Estha and Rahel.The reader thoroughly enjoys being a slave to the writer.
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.