Thursday, 14 May 2015

The God of Small Things - Review

The God of Small Things is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.

Plot and Review:

The book deals with the factors how small things in life affect the behavior and life of people.

Was it Sophie Mol’s death or the ability to understand that who should be loved and how much made their entire life a misery.

All our food is spoiled,’ Rahel said to Sophie Mol and was met with silence. A rushing, rolling, fishswimming silence’ 
‘Sophie Mol?’ she whispered to the rushing river, ‘We’re here! 
Here! Near the Illimba tree!’


They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much.

The pages of this story open from the funeral of Sophie Mol and revolve around a pair of two egg twins who were separated due to some miserable happenings in their life.
A dream-like, minute and breathtaking description of a simple yet not so simple story of Estha and Rahel, their mother Ammu who was separated from his husband and yet in love with someone she should have not, a clever, rude and unmarried nun and grand-aunt Baby kochamma, pickle-maker grandmother Mamachchi, a rude and cruel grandfather Papachchi, adivorced uncle Chacko, his wife Margret and their drowned daughter Sophie.

A wonderful piece of nature describing the struggle through which estha and rahel goes through in the age of seven. Right from getting separated from their father, getting less loved by their mother, a little more less loved by their maternal family and almost hated by that family after the death of Sophie MOl, Roy was successful in reciting a painful story with a touch of poetic twists and humor. Her ability of outlining the scenes, emotions, surrounds, appearances in an effective manner.
Right from the songs that described characters’ particular situations:
There is no time to loose
I heard her say
Cash your dreams before
They slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams and you
Will lose your mind

To the traditional rhymes that add a visual appeal to the story:
Thaiy thaiy thaka thaiy thaiy thum

John Berger, a critic, novelist, painter and poet was completely true in writing that, “Never again will a single story be told as though it’s the only one”.

PS: Though a bit difficult to understand while starting the first chapter, Arundhati Roy has beautifully unfolded all the miserable aspects of the twins’ life in an extremely hilarious and emotional manner at the same time.

Overall Ratings:
Book Cover: 2.5/5
Plot: 5/5
Character justification: 5/5
Final Rating: 4.5/5

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