The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
ISBN: 9780143028574
Price: Rs. 395
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publishers: Random House

On the next bed, his niece and nephew slept with their arms around each other. A hot twin and a cold one. He and she. We and Us. Somehow, not wholly unaware of the hint of doom and all that waited in the wings for them.

They dreamed of their river. Of the coconut trees that bent into it and watched, with coconut eyes, the boats slide by. Upstream in the mornings. Downstream in the evenings. And the dull, sullen sound of the boatmen’s bamboo poles as they thudded against the dark, oiled boatwood.

Maithili Speaks (Feb 9, 2012):
The book is about two twins, two egged twins as they are called, Esthappen and Rahel. The story is written in pieces and alternates between the present and the past. Estha and Rahel are about 31 now. Estha doesn’t speak at all and Rahel is lost. An emptiness seeped into their lives ever since they were separated years ago following the death of their cousin- Sophie Mol.

Years back, Rahel and Estha lived with their Ammu (mother) in their ancestral house along with their uncle Chacko and grand aunt Baby Kochamma. Ammu was divorced and worked in the Pickle factory which was started by her mother. The little arguments, jealousy and prejudice is a part of life for the twins and their mother. Only when Chacko’s ex-wife- Margaret and their daughter Sophie come down to live with them, the twins feel unloved and worry about their standing. What follows next changes their life forever. Sophie is dead and everyone feels it best to send Estha away to his father. Ammu is broken and Rahel has to live without a part of her.

It is a sad story narrated in a heart wrenching way. It will make you smile at the innocence and bonding of the twins, it will make you disgusted with the ways of society and it will make you wince in pain at the injustice done. The writer has a poetic way of writing and sometimes you start predicting the next lines. Some lines repeat but in a pleasant way.

Rating: 4.9/5


  1. oh,god. i never finished reading this! :P

  2. Why did i never read the synopsis :|
    I want to read this for sure this year ,,

  3. it is worth reading this book
    nice review

  4. I loved reading this book...Thanx for sharing !!

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  5. Almost bought this book a few days back at the Kolkata book fair but took Emperor of all Maladies instead...I guess I should get this one as well :D

  6. @Arpita: ITs a little tricky in the beginning but at the end of it you will begin to love its rhythm.

    @ Nimue: The book offered no synopsis. I jst took it up to see what it was all about. Pretty much covered the synopsis in my speak :)

    @ Aishwarya: Thank you dear.

    @SBN: thanks :)

    @Swarnali: ITs worth preserving.. Give it a try.

    @ Jasmin: Thanks :)

  7. She is an awesome writer..
    another book i enjoyed was shantaram and anna karina by leo tolstoy..

  8. You has a great article. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.

    Lets keep writing and share to us and other.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

  9. I've read this one for my English paper. It was depressing in a way, for Arundhati portrays forbidden desires and needs, a beautiful way. The poetic transition of age and narration...worth a pleasant read and a Booker Prize :D

    Loved the review Maiths!! :D

  10. I read this one! And thoroughly enjoyed it! Nice review Maith! :)


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