Ten pages into The God Of Small Things and I was ready to DNF. I don’t know where this impatience came from. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard about too many deaths lately and I don’t want the last book I read to be something I’m not enjoying. Morbid, I know. My bad. That said, this book was pretty interesting.
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages: 333, paperback
Compared favourably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.
Should You Bother Reading “The God Of Small Things”
This book is listed among the 100 books you have to read before you die. That’s why I picked it up initially. Now, the book is very popular but it’s for not everyone, I mean, it won a Booker so you have an idea of what’s inside the book.
If you’re looking for a linear plot, you won’t find this since the book is a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards but it’s worth it in the end. The novel might be very famous but this blog doesn’t give spoilers.
At its heart, The God of Small Things is about why bad things have to happen in the first place. The book gives us many different stories about a number of the characters involved, showing how each person’s story got us to the place where we end up. It forces us to think about whether things happen randomly or if they’re meant to be.
It’s also a novel about family. It explores the relationship between brother and sister, mother and child, grandparent and grandchild, aunt and niece/nephew, and cousins. It looks at the ways families are forced to stick together and also how they fall apart.
Unconditional family love is a major issue on the table here. Sometimes we feel obligated to love our family members. On the other hand, just because you’re related to someone doesn’t mean you’ll love them or that they’ll have your back. Just like in real life, family relationships in the novel can be complicated, confusing, and frustrating.
Yeah, that’s my review. Lol. I hope this helps.
About The Author
Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer who is also an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.
For her work as an activist, she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.
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