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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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Sep 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: global-novels, all-times
Read in September, 2008

This book was absolutely captivating. The last few chapters had me in tears. There's so much I could say in praise of Roy-- Booker prize winner, first time novelist, etc-- but there are just so many feelings her prose invokes, it almost doesn't matter that this was her first novel, or that her style was smoothly irrational, or that by telling you the ending immediately, she sets you up for the shattering, heart-wrenching tale to come. The sense of time enthralled me; I personally loved the Communist/Love Laws/historically ethnic aspect of the story; and I felt drawn to the characters and their tragedy as to distant friends. This book was a wonderful, yet obviously melancholy, delight.

After a second reading, I have fallen in love with Roy all over again. There is so much emotion, so much passion, in ever word of this novel, it completely overwhelms me. It is just such a smart, deep text.

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