The God of Small Things


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Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, this is the story of twins, a brother and sister, 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 invisible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family.

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Apr 21, 2011


Considering all the prizes this book received, I thought it would be worth reading. I found it so overwritten and the plot so overwrought. The endless similes really started me annoy me. I've heard Ms. Roy speaking out about issues and I admire her courage, but I found this almost unreadable.


May 24, 2007


Roy is one of the most talented writers to emerge yet. Her
unpretentious, sensually euphoric style makes this novel a "must read".


Apr 3, 2007

The best...

This was the only book I could not put down. Yes, a fascinating look at another time and place. Yes, crafted as though you are living and breathing and worried about the chutneys. I loved it because it taught me how to be an engaged reader and mostly why we need to trust gifted writers.
My vote for all time best book ever.

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