Thursday, December 30, 2010
Book Review: The God Of Small Things
Book: The God Of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
"Beautifully Haunting, Hauntingly Beautiful"
The book is impressive in the number of stories it unfolds, the range of their indepth tales.
The book will be a difficult read to someone not raised in India. The advertisements, the products, the Mahabharata, the viciousness of caste-based politics, etc will not register in a foreigner’s mind so easily.
It will be a difficult read for paperback readers who need sequence and explicit clarity. This book revolves around real people of a fictional realm. And they haunt its pages randomly. Without care for sequential unfolding of their life’s drama.
Every character is elaborated upon, discovered and illustrated. The story is at times desiring reader’s effort and patience. Take in the story as it comes without fighting its unique layout and you would enjoy reading it. Not a must-read. But recommended. Not an “untouchable” book. But deeply touching.