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The God of Small Things (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 05/05/1998
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 1997

'They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.'

This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother's factory, and amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion a childhood in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher) and their sworn enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun, incumbent grand-aunt).

Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize-winning novel was the literary sensation of the 1990s: a story anchored to anguish but fuelled by wit and magic.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780006550686
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'The God of Small Things is a magically written effort… quite brilliant.' - The Spectator

'Richly deserving the rapturous praise it has received on both sides of the Atlantic... The God of Small Things achieves a genuine tragic resonance. It is, indeed, a masterpiece.' - The Observer

'Roy is truly gifted, not just in her ability to make words playful and meaning mischievous, but to use this to create a language texture that bowls you along, gathering momentum like the narrative itself...Witty and vivid, full of rich, memorable images...a verbal stream of steady beauty.' -  Ali Smith

'It is rare to find a book that so effectively cuts through the clothes of nationality, caste and religion to reveal the bare bones of humanity. A sensational novel.' - Daily Telegraph

'A quite astonishing novel by any standards - broad in its historical sweep, emotionally profound and marvellously acute and delicate.' - The Economist

'Quite brilliant...One can only strongly recommend this extremely funny and enchanting and pretty much genius piece of debut fiction.' - The Spectator

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“A must read!”

This is definitely a book that stays with you forever. It is incredibly moving and beautifully written. It is a must read and I have recommended it to everyone!

Paperback edition
18th February 2013
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“Couldn't engage with the book at all”

Really could not get on with this one. I didn't find the characters engaging and I didn't always like the writing style. The things that happen to the family are tragic, but it didn't evoke any empathy,...

Paperback edition
3rd March 2013
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“Amazingly powerful and heartbreaking book...”

This is a story that has stayed with me since I read the book, over 7 years ago, I have to say that it is easily one of my very favourite books ever. The story is told from the view-point of a child, and so it looks... More

Paperback edition
21st October 2009
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