The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyCompared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevokably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.
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The God of Small Things
The events of The God of Small Things are revealed in a fragmentary manner, mostly jumping back and forth between scenes in and , with backstory scattered throughout. Most of the plot occurs in , focusing on the seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel , who live with their mother Ammu , their grandmother Mammachi , their uncle Chacko , and their great-aunt Baby Kochamma. In the backstory before , Mammachi was married to Pappachi , an Imperial Entomologist who beat her cruelly. By Pappachi is dead and Mammachi is blind. Baby Kochamma is a bitter, jealous old woman who unrequitedly loved an Irish missionary.
Story starts with Ammu Ipe who lives with her father and mother. They are not rich people and they do not have sufficient dowry to pay off in Ammu Ipe marriage. One day she convinces her parents to go to one of her aunt in Kolkata. Her parents agreed but Ammu does not came back she married a tea estate owner there. Later on she come to know that her husband is alcoholic and he also beats her. She left him and went back to Ayemenem.
Boundaries blur as tapioca fences take root and bloom. In those early amorphous years when memory had only just begun, when life was full of Beginnings and no Ends, and Everything was Forever, Esthappen and Rahel thought of themselves together as Me, and separately, individually, as We or Us. Born from separate but simultaneously fertilized eggs. EsthaEsthappen was the older by eighteen minutes. In the undergrowth a rat snake rubbed itself against a glistening stone. A drenched mongoose flashed across the leaf-strewn driveway.