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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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Jun 20, 12

bookshelves: 2012, poco-lit, read-in-english, uni-books
Read from May 24 to June 20, 2012

4.5 stars

In her novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy plays with language in a way that an incredibly talented musician plays his instrument - experimenting with themes, building up a vivid atmosphere, engaging the audience into the story. Her writing is brilliant, I have never come across anything like it and for the writing alone this book is definitely worth reading.

There's no synopsis and yet the title already tells you what this book is about: Small Things. For me it was not so much about "the god" of such things, but about the moments, the small things, themselves. And yet this is only one reading of the book and only part of the story. The God of Small Things also deals with a deep struggle - for love, for life, for the things you want - against your fears or the things you are afraid of. In the course of the book, the reader is introduced to many characters and while seeing things from their perspective gave me a feeling of sympathy towards them, I came to dislike most of them eventually. - The exception are Estha and Rahel, who are just wonderful. I have found a piece of myself in Estha (view spoiler).

To be honest, I had problems finding my way into the book because it is so densely constructed. And yet, by the end of the book I was a bit sad that it was over already. I will have to re-read it to fully grasp all the little things and make sense of the big (small) things. For me this is a book that hunts you down and doesn't losen its grip even when you have turned the last page.
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Reading Progress

06/01/2012 page 124
37.0%
06/13/2012 page 193
57.0% "The writing is amazing but this slow pace is killing me!"

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Juliet Didn't read the spoiler part yet ;) I just read the first chapter this afternoon and the language just blew me away. It's really overwhelming and I'm curious about the "rest" of the novel. I can already tell that you're so right with the musician comparison!


message 2: by Angelique (last edited Jun 21, 2012 11:26PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Angelique Julia wrote: "Didn't read the spoiler part yet ;) I just read the first chapter this afternoon and the language just blew me away. It's really overwhelming and I'm curious about the "rest" of the novel. I can al..."

I'm glad you found the time to start the book - apparently, the problems I had with starting Purple Hibiscus found you and made the first page of The God of Small Things hard to turn...
Great that you like my comparison :) From the perspective of someone who is learning English, her use of language is even more fantastic - I mean, it is not her mother tongue and yet she 'masters' it so to speak, makes the language her own and uses in completely new ways. Amazing.
I hope the slow pace won't kill you and I recommend you to make some little notes on who is who because at some point in the end I was confused with Kochu Maria and Baby Kochamma...
I already thought about starting from the beginning yet again :D But there's just so much work to do...

Have a wonderful weekend, don't let the exams stress you out and have fun reading!


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