The God of Small Things

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Random House of Canada, May 2, 2017 - India - 336 pages
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A beautiful reissue of the Booker Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling novel about an Indian family in tragic decline.


Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on an affluent Indian family that is forever changed by a visit from their English relatives.

Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. Sweet and heartbreaking, ribald and profound, The God of Small Things is written in a voice so powerful and original that it burns itself into the reader's memory.

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A brilliantly constructed first novel that untangles an intricate web of sexual and caste conflict in a vivid style reminiscent of Salman Rushdie's early work. The major characters are Estha and Rahel ... Read full review

A great read for language lovers

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Big Things—colonialism, the caste system and inter-family dynamics—are encapsulated in Small Things seen through the eyes of young twin siblings Rahel and Estha. Roy’s twisty wordplay deftly spins a story of cultural and personal longing. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

ARUNDHATI ROY was trained as an architect. She has worked as a production designer and has written film screenplays. She is also the author of several nonfiction books, including An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire and War Talk.

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