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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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“Anything’s possible in Human Nature.”

Good morning Goodreaders! Please be forewarned: If you aren’t familiar with me and are here because this (1) randomly showed up on your feed due to a mutual acquaintance we share or (2) because you are expecting a super smart opinion piece on a modern classic, I have one thing to say to you . . . . .



In case the .gif didn’t clue you in, I’m not going to offer any sort of literary insight in this space. What I am going to do is what I always do, which is - not talk about the book for a bit.

Still here? Probably not. For the three of you who are, you’re probably actual friends of mine and are asking “how the hell did this get on her TBR?” or “she does know this isn’t a porno or a young adult selection, right?” Amazingly, the answer is YES I do know things – even that this won the Booker Prize . . . . . .



But if I’m going to be 100% honest I have to admit I read this for one reason and one reason alone . . . . .



If you know me, you’ll know I’m a real whore when it comes to getting free swag from the library. The artist formerly known as the Adult WINTER Reading Challenge has now become the Adult SUMMER Reading Challenge and I will do whatever it takes in order to win this season’s prize pint glass that I can drink mass quantities of beer from . . . . .



Allow me a moment to apologize to my pal Kristin. You see, Kristin is one of only a few people (I’m talking you can count them on one hand and still have fingers left over) who has been able to break the fourth wall and become my friend on Facebook as well as Goodreads (meaning she’s the one who can confirm I’m really as awful everywhere as I am here and am not Catfishing you) so she’s being inundated with updates regarding my joy. I’m picturing her saying something along these lines once she sees this post . . . . .



I’m truly sorry Kristin. I wish Erica weren’t such a horrible librarian and would take care of your request for free shit.

Anyway, back on “topic” (HA!). As you can see above, the theme this year is to “Push Your Shelf” which kind of blows because I’m more than content here in my bubble. Buuuuuuuuuut (surprising as it may be), I do like to follow the rules of the challenge. The generic terms to win the glass are “read 5 books between X and Y date,” which we all know is easy peezy lemon squeezy for yours truly. The “pushing your shelf” means you’re supposed to read something that takes you out of your comfort zone – which I didn’t think was possible since, you know, I live with Mitchell. Turns out “comfort zone” for this one equated to smarty farty and had me looking a lil’ summin’ like this for quite a while . . . .



As the author says in the Q&A section, The God Of Small Things “begins at the end and ends in the middle.” Readers are aware early on that a child has died, that a twin was sent away to live with his father and returned 23 years later, that his sister has returned to India from America in order to reunite and that a forbidden romance of some sort took place. It takes nearly the remainder of the book to circle back around in order to fill in the details regarding these events. AND IT WAS SERIOUSLY PURPLE IN PROSE. That was nearly a dealbreaker for me. The characters, setting, etc. had me pretty enraptured, but I am just not a superfan of “beautiful” writing. Lucky for me, there were moments like these that a simpleton such as myself could enjoy . . . .

“He might change,” Ammu says.

“How d’you mean? Change into what?” Sophie Mol asked.

“Into a Male Chauvinist Pig,” Rahel said.

“Very unlikely,” Estha said.


^^^^Estha being a young boy at the time and the potential “male chauvinist pig” in question.

While this selection was a bit of a slog for me, the “round about” delivery ended up being pretty brilliant and I am very glad it was one of the recommended reads for this challenge as I would have never read it if that hadn’t happened. I also discovered the author was charged with a criminal offense of “corrupting public morality” and tied up in court proceedings for years which means I probably need to put better locks on the doors so Mitchell can’t track her down. As for the moment in the book that caused the charge??????



Ha! You know I don’t have that reaction to most anything. Actually I thought the scene in question cheapened what otherwise was a real one-of-a-kind type of read.
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Reading Progress

May 24, 2017 – Started Reading
May 24, 2017 – Shelved
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: becoming-groweds-up
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: book-clubby
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: smort
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: i-read-banned-books
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: liburrrrrry-book
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
May 25, 2017 – Shelved as: read-it-to-win-a-major-award
May 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Eilonwy (new)

Eilonwy Very entertaining review, as always! :-)


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Thanks Eilonwy : )


message 3: by Jilly (new)

Jilly Wait, another beer mug is the prize? What's with your library? It's all porn and booze receptacles. I need to move there stat!
Annnnd, now I'm curious about what gave you that look and landed the author in court. Morbid curiosity or laziness and not willing to read this book because there ain't no beer mug in it for me? Eh, laziness will always win in my world.
Great review, dear! :)


message 4: by Ginger (new) - added it

Ginger I ditto everything Jilly said.
My library needs to get with it!
I already made a suggestion, time for a strongly worded letter!!


message 5: by edge of bubble (new)

edge of bubble meaning she’s the one who can confirm I’m really as awful everywhere as I am here and am not Catfishing you

I never doubted you! kept my faith in your inappropriate humour and that awesome brain of yours!


message 6: by Kelly (and the Book Boar) (last edited May 26, 2017 06:17AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Kelly (and the Book Boar) Jilly wrote: "Wait, another beer mug is the prize? What's with your library? It's all porn and booze receptacles. I need to move there stat!
Annnnd, now I'm curious about what gave you that look and landed the a..."


Ginger wrote: "I ditto everything Jilly said.
My library needs to get with it!
I already made a suggestion, time for a strongly worded letter!!"


I have the best libraries . . . . but I also live in a city that is awesome enough to vote for taxes to pay for all the awesomeness which is key (especially with the proposed budget cuts of the new administration).

I will put the "offensive scene" in spoilsies for anyone who is morbidly curious (like me) and doesn't want to read this book to find out. Please note, I think the gif above was the face I was supposed to make, but mine was more like a "WTF? Why'd you put that dumb shit in here?" kind of look. So anyway, the "shock and awe" was that (view spoiler) To me it was stupid and cheap and added nothing to the story. But it didn't make me clasp my pearls because me = dead inside.


Kelly (and the Book Boar) edge of bubble wrote: "I never doubted you! ..."

LOLOLOL!


message 8: by Ginger (new) - added it

Ginger I have been reading too many 'out of my comfort zone' books I guess. All that got was: *'Is that all you got?'
:P

*Disclaimer: While I don't condone this, we all know we have read worse.


message 9: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Patrick Were there any porny books listed on the lists for this Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge? I mean, your librarian knows you so she wouldn't let you cheat, but i could see some naive reader picking up some of the titles you read and have her mind explode. ;-)


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Ginger wrote: "I have been reading too many 'out of my comfort zone' books I guess. All that got was: *'Is that all you got?'
:P

*Disclaimer: While I don't condone this, we all know we have read worse."


Right? Samesies.


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Alissa wrote: "Were there any porny books listed on the lists for this Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge? I mean, your librarian knows you so she wouldn't let you cheat, but i could see some naive reader picking..."

No, their idea of comfort zone and mine aren't the same thing LOL. The recommendations were more of a "read stories that take place somewhere other than 'Murica/have characters from another culture" variety.

This is the main library's challenge so they suck at having porn on hand. However, every book counts so even though I'll read five that I wouldn't have normally read in order to follow the rules, all the porns go on the log too and for every five additional books I'll get a free book from the stash they normally have for sale. Winner winner get to read porn and smart stuff!


message 12: by Ginger (new) - added it

Ginger Win Win!

I love my library but they neeeeed to start some adult challenges!
They have challenges for the kiddos.
This is 'ageism'!


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