The God of small things

by Arundhati ROY | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060977493 Global Overview for this book
Registered by harmaja of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 1/5/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by harmaja from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, January 5, 2005
Winner of the Booker Prize.

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"Southern India 1969. Here, armed only with the invincible innocence of children, Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, who loves by night the same man her children adore by day...their blind grandmother, who plays Handel on her violin...their beloved uncle, A Rhodes Scholar pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher...their enemy, an ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt...and the ghost of an imperial entomologist's moth. But when their English cousin and her mother arrive for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in an instant, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever. The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it."

Reserved for dotdot.

Edit: I wrote down a fake ISBN to get the cover art right.

Journal Entry 2 by dotdot from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Thanks to Harmaja. This book was on my wish list and she gave it to me at meet-up today. She said she will read it if I like it. What a responsibility!

Journal Entry 3 by dotdot at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, October 23, 2010
A very good and beautifully written book about modern India. It had many themes from Indian history and politics via quite obvious class relations and cultural tensions to love and to the main theme, betrayal. The God of Small Things is very dramatic and emotional family history. Family members are divided in good and evil characters. Mostly evil, old maid grandaunt Baby Kochamma first of the evils. Actually there were only four good characters in the story, mother, her lover and children. They were also the victims of the betrayal.

The novel shifts around in time, back and forth from 1969, when twins Rahel and Estha are seven years old, to 1993, when they are reunited at age 31. I liked the style and how the narrator emphasized that at the end of the story there is a mysterious and dramatic, all-changing event. To me the end of the story lied in the childhood of the twins in 1969. Nothing after that was as important.

I liked The God of Small Things. I'll return it to harmaja, if she still want's it:)

Journal Entry 4 by dotdot at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, December 30, 2010
To MiuM
Happy New Year!

2010 "KEEP THEM MOVING" # 55

Journal Entry 5 by MiuM at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, January 3, 2011
Thank you for the book! It seems to be very interesting. And the cover is lovely as well as the postcard too.

Journal Entry 6 by MiuM at Kaarina, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, April 22, 2018
I have this same book waiting to be read in Finnish too, so I will let this one go.

Journal Entry 7 by MiuM at Messukeskus in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Released 3 yrs ago (10/7/2018 UTC) at Messukeskus in Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland


The book was released during the Turku Bookfair 2018 event.

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