Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

I fell in love with this book. It was rather akin to a tidal wave in my heart; rearing up, surging through me and then subsiding and leaving everything rearranged and shockingly quiet. Arundhati Roy has an enviable skill with words: she can make seemingly ordinary words create extraordinary images. Sentences such as ‘The sky rested its elbows on the river’ have haunted me. The settings are so vivid and so tangled with the plot that they sprawl into each other and become tricky to tell apart. This is a story that is rooted absolutely in its surroundings, that could not happen in another time or place, and yet it resonates on a universal level.

At the beginning, we already know that everything will fall apart. Somehow. Rahel is returning to the family home, years after the event, to be reunited with her twin Estha. Piece by piece we are introduced to their fragmented family, viewing them from different angles and different ages until we start to see how all their sharp edges and soft curves fit together into something like a stained glass window. The time moves between present and past, revealing memories and family history, circumstance and politics and personal vendettas all of which funnel into and spread out from this one pivotal moment. Even nearing the end, I still could not anticipate quite what it was that would happen. I was kept guessing.

It is not an overstatement to call this novel a masterpiece. In fact, it is hard for me to review because really I just want to tell everyone I know to read this book. Everyone I meet in fact. Your life will be richer for reading it. The God of Small Things is a rare treasure, and there is not much more I can say on it. Read it, and be swept away…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Levi
    May 22, 2016 @ 18:06:13

    I like your small review. Sometimes these are better when the book itself is so large and unique. It’s definitely one-of-a-kind.

    Check out my review if you’d like: https://leviathanbound.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/the-god-of-small-things/

    Regards.

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