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

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Read in July, 2012

I happened upon this book as I was looking at recipients of the Man Booker Prize. It is one of the most beautifully written books I have read. It tells the story of extraordinary two-egg twins - Estha and Rahel, and their childhood in southern India. The almost dream-like quality of their characters' lives contrasts with the harsh reality of the political and social maneuverings in which they live. The author slowly builds the story to reach the point where the twins' innocence and childhood are cruelly destroyed, but implies that their love for one another will at least soothe, if not conquer, their hurt and guilt.
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