My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read the novel The God of Small Things (GST) multiple times but never ever wrote a review on it. We share a love-hate relationship and today is one of those days I’m in love with it, therefore, an attempt at a review It is one of those must reads, specially for Indian readers because it catapulted Indian Writing in English to the world literary scene again after a lull of 17 years, after Midnight’s Children (1980). A publication marvel translated into 20 foreign languages immediately after its release, a Booker Prize winner, loved by great critics … I can go on…there cannot be two opinions on this, it is a well written novel and it was an instant hit because of many of the a fore mentioned reasons.
What about GST? GST at the heart of it all is the story of the Ipe family of Ayemenem a small village in Kerala; how the Ipe Family fell apart after ‘the Terror’ rocked the family in the summer of 1969. The chapters which alternate between the past and the present 23 years apart narrate the story of its youngest generation, Rahel, Estha and Sophie; it is their story. But it is not only their story. It is the story of their parents Ammu, Baba, Chacko and Margaret Kochamma and their grandparents, Mammachi, Papachi and Baby Kochamma their servants, Velutha, Kochu Maria and their ancestors, about Kerala, its history, colonialism, missionaries, development, communist party, superstitions, revolutions, discrimination, injustice, violence and trauma. It is also a commentary on the 150-200 years of Kerala’s cultural life.
There is something for everyone in this book. So if you haven’t read it yet, highly recommended. if you don’t like it then I will empathize with you in my bad moods when I hate it
PS: I hated it because I had to work on it for a project… therefore, moral of the story, never take up something you love to work continuously unless you are sure you will not hate it 😀
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Suzanna Arundhati Roy – The Renowned Indian Literary Figure (kish.in)
- ‘The God of Small Things’, Arundhati Roy – Guest Post by Meg Hayes Fisher (littlewordsreview.wordpress.com)
- BOOK REVIEW: The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy (readinginwinter.wordpress.com)
- 5 Top-Selling Indian Novels of all time! (trak.in)