The God of Small Things (Paperback)
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The God of Small Things (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 06/10/1997
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The literary phenomenon of the year.

More magical than Mistry, more of a rollicking good read than Rushdie, more nerve-tinglingly imagined than Naipaul, here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy has written an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism.

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780006551096
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 190 g
Dimensions: 178 x 111 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`In part a perfectly paced mystery story, in part an Indian Wuthering Heights: a gorgeous and seductive fever dream of a novel, and a truly spectacular debut.'
Kirkus

`The God of Small Things genuinely is a masterpiece, utterly exceptional in every way, and there can be little doubt that posterity will place it very near the top of any shortlist of Indian novels published this century.'
William Dalyrmple, Harpers and Queen.

`The quality of Ms. Roy's narration is so extraordinary - at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple - that the reader remains enthralled all the way through to its agonizing finish... it evokes in the reader a feeling of gratitude and wonderment.'
New York Times

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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

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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!

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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,...

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