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This book explores big themes- .Tragic family. Forbidden love. Communism. Innocence. Jealousy. Infinite joy. Hope. Death and the effect it has on the people around it. Here is a writer who puts together the amalgam of these emotion by creating her own language to tell a tale filled with unfairness and anguish.
On one level the book is about freespirited Ammu, our very own Madame Bovary. It's about Rahel and Estha, Ammu's twin children, their innocent childhood infringements and the soarings and stiflings of their little hearts, their complex entwined lives which are governed by the Love Laws, that lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much. And how long.
On another level, it's about the idea of men being social constructs. About our lives not really being in our hands. About our lives really being goTverned by the forces of the invisible big bad things, a sadistic child holding a horshoe magnet to the disparate iron filings of our small, insiginificant lives. In short, a History lesson. A lesson in Indian caste dynamics and the communist movement of Kerala. About how the Really Big Things often seep into the Small Things, like tea from a teabag.
Overall, an excellent and tragic book with unforgettable characters. Definitely worth the read.
 

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Rarely does one come across a book so beautiful that the picture it paints in your mind stays with you long after you have flipped the last page, with a heavy heart, if I may be allowed to add. A book worded so intricately and enchantingly that it makes you read on, even if the story does not progress the way you would have liked it to.
Read my complete review here: http://lenro.co/blog/the-god-of-small-things-review/
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siply good

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I am 1/3rd though this book and I am currently wondering whether this book is really worth spending a significant period of my life reading.
The prose is spectacularly seductive but with tenuous
connections between not only chapters, but paragraphs and sentences too, there is no story. Merely an empty exhibition of cleverness
With all its glowing plaudits I really felt I was missing something, so I am trying to work out why this book won a prestigious book prize.
Well sorry guys I am not stupid, this book is crap. It has an obligatory yucky child-abuse scene to give it some credibility and to top it the author also forgets who is related to whom when she describes Rahel as the daughter of her daughter( Kochamma) . Well she isn't. She is the daughter of her dead son, and when you have spent the first 4 chapters grappling with the who's who, only to realise that the author does not know either then it is difficult to rescue this book from the depths of its own ridiculousness.
What does this book tell me? Never trust a Booker prize winner book again.
 

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Marvellous

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Definitely my favorite book. Beautifully written.

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I personally do not like this book. Maybe because it was well written, but the underlying story is a very sad one, that is the reason i do not like it. The beginning was so fascinating especially when she beautifully portrays the scenes when she is in Kerala.

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An unconventional love story for once breaking the rules of society and exploring the untouched aspects of love.

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For the first time, I just read the first few paragraphs of Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things"...I feel I have been introduced to a sublime and enriching energy. Her prose is like that far yet near destiny we all think belongs to someone else, but I believe lies at the core of all living things. It is as if she speaks to that destiny...makes me desire so to answer.  

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One of the most thought provoking books i have ever read. Unmatched observation and correlation of the small things which happen and pass in the life of an ordinary indian citizen. The citizen of the developed world might just try to understand it but surely the citizens of the balance world see it vividly as they read happening all around. One of the must read books. atul sanghavi India 

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