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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
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This is a wonderful, image-rich novel told over several generations of a family in India. The central event is the death of a young girl, and how racism, and petty, CYA politics, results in the death of an innocent for a crime that was never committed. The central character is a girl/woman, a twin, with an almost surreal connection to her other. Their family life is told. There is much here on Indian history, the caste system and how that continues to manifest in the modern world. It won the Booker prize, and is very satisfying.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 1, 2005 – Finished Reading
October 29, 2008 – Shelved
June 9, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction

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message 1: by Lynne (new) - added it

Lynne King This sounds a super book Will.


message 2: by Jan (new)

Jan Rice I saw it mentioned in another review, so I'm reading up on it. Another one I've missed--so far!


Martha Glad you liked it - - this is one of my all-time favorites. Just noticing though, your second sentence contains a major spoiler. Maybe use the spoiler warning?


Will Byrnes Martha wrote: "Glad you liked it - - this is one of my all-time favorites. Just noticing though, your second sentence contains a major spoiler. Maybe use the spoiler warning?"
I modified the text. Does it still seem spoilerish?


message 5: by Margitte (new)

Margitte Great review, Will. I need to get to this book. It's waiting for a long time now to be read.


Will Byrnes Thanks, Margitte. It is a pretty good book, indeed.


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

you should be a writer Will,you write so well!


Martha Hi Will. I think that saying anything very specific about the central tragedy is spoilerish, ie what happened and who it happened to. I remember reading the book and I found that part numbingly shocking and unexpected.


message 9: by Wen (new) - rated it 5 stars

Wen Nice review Will. It was one of my 2016 best reads.


message 10: by William (new)

William Thank you for the review!


message 11: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes Martha wrote: "Hi Will. I think that saying anything very specific about the central tragedy is spoilerish, ie what happened and who it happened to. I remember reading the book and I found that part numbingly sho..."
The death is noted in the first few pages of the book, so I do not agree that a mention of it here merits a spoiler designation.


message 12: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes Annie the bookworm wrote: "you should be a writer Will,you write so well!"
Very kind, Annie. Thanks


message 13: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes Wen wrote: "Nice review Will. It was one of my 2016 best reads."
Thanks, Wen


message 14: by Martha (last edited Dec 29, 2017 11:35AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Martha Will wrote: The death is noted in the first few pages of the book, so I do not agree that a mention of it here merits a spoiler designation.
Was it? I don't remember that, but it has been some years since I read the book. I just remember being extremely jarred by the event. If it was mentioned that early in the book, though, you're right, it's not a spoiler. Sorry.


message 15: by HAIAS SIDDIQUE (new)

HAIAS SIDDIQUE nice book


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message 17: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes HAIAS SIDDIQUE wrote: "+8801743646230"
huh?


message 18: by Khushi Kothari (new)

Khushi Kothari Hi Will. Your writing is awesome. You have got an eager fan in me. I would love to read your books if you write any. I love the way you write the reviews and make us all craving to read the book.


message 19: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes Thanks, Kushi. If I ever get around to writing one, i will be sure to let you know.


Lesley Moseley I recently re read it and once again, loved it.


message 21: by Shehzad (new)

Shehzad Shaikh Hi will. Please could you explain this line to me from page 12. " Gradually the reason for his silence was hidden away, entombed somewhere deep in the soothing folds of the fact of it." I don't understand "fact of what (it) is referring to? looking forward to hear from you.


message 22: by Will (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes The it in this sentence refers back to the reason noted earlier in the sentence, whatever that reason might be.


message 23: by Kuhajeyan (new) - added it

Kuhajeyan Gunaratnam This was one my longstanding book in to-read list. Review encourages me to pick that one soon! Thanks


message 24: by Will (last edited Jan 13, 2018 09:08PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Will Byrnes It is definitely worth a look.


message 25: by V (new)

V good book willypoos


message 26: by Wiletra (new)

Wiletra Song good


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