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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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May 28, 2008

really liked it
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Read in October, 2006

This book is absolutely moving. This was Arundhati Roy's first novel, and she set the bar quite high for herself with it.

The God of Small Things is set in India and is a story about a pair of fraternal twins and their experiences being victims of circumstance. The setting/time shifts back and forth between 1969 and 1993. Rahel and Estha are seven in 1969, and they are thirty-one in 1993. Their lives were changed so drastically by one event, and they must figure out how to deal with what has happened and make some sense of it.

The book is a true testament to how even the smallest things or events can change a person's course and shape the rest of their life. Roy repetively uses the phrase, "Things can change in a day," and that phrase holds the key to understanding the novel. Once you've read this book, you will have no choice but to be changed a bit.

Roy's use of symbolism is perhaps one of the finer aspects of this novel. Some might say that she went overboard where symbolism is concerned, but I don't happen to think that she did. It all adds up, in the end. Roy also provides rich descriptions of scenes and setting, descriptions that are so rich you can actually feel the heat and stickiness of an Ayemenem day. Her characterization is superb, which only lends further to the telling of this tale. The plot is masterfully executed, right down to the tiniest of details.

This book is a winner.

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