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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1st Vintage Canada ed edition (June 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679309411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679309413
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "plicky" on Feb. 1 2002
Format: Paperback
I've read quite a varied bunch of books in my time, but Roy's "God of Small Things' is definitely the first book that comes to mind when you say 'favourite'.
I find it incredibly textured. The little word games that the characters play remind me so much of my own youth.
I grew up in India, though not in the locale that Roy's book features, and I remeber my childhood games mirroring those that Rahel and Estha play... nictitating, ictitating, titating, etc"
I felt every character in the book, whether I loved them or hated them. The sense of little pleasures and ultimate hopelessness that the tale embodies is incredible and feels disturbingly like truth. The nice thing about it is that although it's a sad story, you don't end it bitterly. Roy picked the perfect scene to end the book with. Had she chosen any other, I think I'd have been too disturbed to ever want to read it again.
To me, it is one of the great stories.... one that does not trick you with a surprise ending. It is one that you can enter at any point and inhabit comfortably; as familiar as the scent of your lover's skin.
Because, in the great stories, we already know what happens;who lives and who dies, who finds love and who doesn't; but we want to know again.. just as although we know that one day we will die, we live as though we won't.
If you like texture and description in writing, starve for two days if you have to, but have a pretty copy of this book.
I've actually got two copies: one hardbound and one paperback which I keep for my own use, and a separate copy for the sole purpose of lending out to friends that I think will appreciate it.
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If you like fast-paced literature, then you probably won't like this book. If you like to linger and savor beaded words, then you'll probably enjoy this story. I read that A. Roy did not edit this book. It was a first draft. I must say that whatever energy the author was trying to capture, she succeeded masterfully. This is the type of book that hits you a few days after reading it. It makes you think about the small details, and the sensory sentences that just doesn't leave you alone. Some people hated the ending. Even A. Roy was taken to court because of those last pages for allegedly violating indecency laws in India. I have to say that the last chapter was quite memorable and appropriate. It went beyond the laws of society, and the laws of most literary ending. It ended in ecstasy.
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Darkly disturbing and beautifully writing, Arundhati Roy has written an extraordinary first novel. Her voice is fresh and ripe with metaphor as the reader is surrounded by the world of southern India. Told through the eyes of Rahel, now grown, who revisits the childhood secret she shares with her twin brother, it speaks of love, life and a loss of innocence.
They live in Kerula, a Christian matriarchal state, with their divorced mother, blind grandmother, bitter aunt and sad uncle. It is a world where impending communism is supposed to be weakening the caste system which has been rooted in the culture for thousands of years. It is a world of decay and disaster. There's a skyblue Plymouth, a graygreen river and a world of wonder for the two-egg twins whose vision is filtered through their clear-eyed innocence.
The story is one of passion and forbidden love told with fresh eyes while "night's elbows rested on the water and watched.....". It grabs the reader with an emotional quality that goes far beyond the particular characters and even the particular setting. This is a book to be savored, thought about deeply, and, perhaps even read for a second time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on April 6 2005
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I am glad that it is his debut book. The story is lovely and convinced me that Arundhati Roy is a great storyteller. Many of the characters are rich and original and the story is full of credible twists and turns, making it the interesting read that readers are always looking for.
This fascinating novel that is set in India in the late 60s begins with the funeral of a cousin of the novel's narrator. Rahelas she is called shares with her twin brother Estha share family secrets that are masterfully presented to the reader in this gripping, suspenseful and revealing prose that is told from the point of a child. Rich in characters and an amazing plot, The God of Small Things takes you into the fascinating setting of India , its politics, rich culture , unique social and caste system, numerous taboos, and its turbulent rich which all have an influence on the characters of the story. A highly recommended read:
Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, NAMESAKE,THE KITE RUNNER, THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on Aug. 19 2007
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Set in late 1960's India, is the story of two twins Rahel and Estha and the family secrets that unfold.

Roy's richly textured prose sings! Her comic style and sense of humor were grand in this sorrowful story. While reading this novel, I felt like I was right there, looking in. Like a reality show with a camera. Sometimes the writing got a bit patchy in places, but overall, this is a very good book and I would recommend it.
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