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[[ Read Epub ]] ë The God of Small Things ⚟ The year isIn the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, a skyblue Plymouth with chrome tailfins is stranded on the highway amid a Marxist workers demonstration Inside the car sit two egg twins Rahel and Esthappen, and so begins their tale Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu who loves by night the man her children love by day , their blind grandmother, Mammachi who plays Handel on her violin , their beloved uncle Chacko Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom pincher , their enemy, Baby Kochamma ex nun and incumbent grandaunt , and the ghost of an imperial entomologist s moth with unusually dense dorsal tuftsWhen their English cousin, Sophie Mol, and her mother, Margaret Kochamma, arrive on a Christmas visit, Esthappen and Rahel learn that Things Can Change in a Day That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river graygreen With fish in it With the sky and trees in it And at night, the broken yellow moon in itThe brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of itThe God of Small Things takes on the Big Themes Love Madness Hope Infinite Joy Here is a writer who dares to break the rules To dislocate received rhythms and create the language she requires, a language that is at once classical and unprecedented Arundhati Roy has given us a book that is anchored to anguish, but fueled by wit and magic front flap I m all by myself here, but what the hell.This reads like a graduate writing class exercise blown from 20 pages to 300 The metaphors, while occasionally fresh and unexpected, are tedious and frequently stand in for something that could be much less complex The writing is self conscious and precious There is really no good reason to tell the story in such a disjointed fashion Roy s attempts to recreate the way children view the world were cute for about 10 pages, and then became tiresome the I m all by myself here, but what the hell.This reads like a graduate writing class exercise blown from 20 pages to 300 The metaphors, while occasionally fresh and unexpected, are tedious and frequently stand in for something that could be much less complex The writing is self conscious and precious There is really no good reason to tell the story in such a disjointed fashion Roy s attempts to recreate the way children view the world were cute for about 10 pages, and then became tiresome there s a reason children don t write novels Beautiful insights and revelations are buried beneath so much willful density and elaboration that I was just bored Too much effort, too little editing Okay, first things first The God Of Small Things is a very very clever book, but what makes it exceptional is that it is both beautiful and crafty, a rare combination This book has structure Lots of it She effectively creates a language of her own, a juvenile lucid language which complements the wistful mood of the book beautifully The plot moves around in space and time with masterful ease and one can t help but experience a vague sense of foreboding, a prickly fear in the back of your nec Okay, first things first The God Of Small Things is a very very clever book, but what makes it exceptional is that it is both beautiful and crafty, a rare combination This book has structure Lots of it She effectively creates a language of her own, a juvenile lucid language which complements the wistful mood of the book beautifully The plot moves around in space and time with masterful ease and one can t help but experience a vague sense of foreboding, a prickly fear in the back of your neck.From what could have been just another tragic incident, Arundhati Roy weaves a poignant story about the loss of innocence and the far reaching devastation caused in the aftermath of one tragic event She examines every character with a genuine warmth, their motivations, insecurities and most importantly, their unfulfilled dreams, the definitive universal human tragedy The secret of being a bore is to tell everything Voltaire said This book is an appropriate example of how true that adage is Like a loving mother with only one piece of pie, she withholds information and doles it out at the most opportune moments, yet never does the plot become incomprehensible In fact, we lap it all up and can t wait for the next serving To even attempt to summarize the plot would be to take everything away from it because, well, surprise , the book really is about the Small Things And the Really Big Things On one level the book is about freespirited Ammu, our very own Madame Bovary It s about Rahel and Estha, Ammu s twin children, their innocent childhood infringements and the soarings and stiflings of their little hearts, their complex entwined lives which are governed by the Love Laws, that lay down who should be loved And how And how much And how long On another level, it s about the idea of men being social constructs About our lives not really being in our hands About our lives really being governed by the forces of the invisible big bad things, a sadistic child holding a horshoe magnet to the disparate iron filings of our small, insiginificant lives In short, a History lesson A lesson in Indian caste dynamics and the communist movement of Kerala About how the Really Big Things often seep into the Small Things, like tea from a teabag What hurts the most is not the intensity of the characters suffering, but the fact that it is extremely commonplace, their suffering, like labour pains, like the food chain An Indian food chain tragedy, based on caste and other offerings History left behind in it s wake It demonstrates how all caste based violence is ecological, based on fear, the strange fear the powerful have for the powerless Us and them.At the end of it, what I got from the book I think was that though the Really Big Things might be really fucked up, most of the times the Small Thingsthan make up for it Really That s what careless words do They make people love you a little less Honestly, I wanted to like this one SO much but it was terrible The novel follows a multi generational Indian family in 1969 The matriarch, Mammachi, is their abused and blind grandmother Ammu is the weary mother of fraternal twins, Esthappen and Rahel The twins favorite uncle, Chacko, brings his white wife over for Christmas, the twins immediately fall in love with their cousin only to realize just how quickly life That s what careless words do They make people love you a little less Honestly, I wanted to like this one SO much but it was terrible The novel follows a multi generational Indian family in 1969 The matriarch, Mammachi, is their abused and blind grandmother Ammu is the weary mother of fraternal twins, Esthappen and Rahel The twins favorite uncle, Chacko, brings his white wife over for Christmas, the twins immediately fall in love with their cousin only to realize just how quickly life can change And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said Big Things lurk unsaid inside That good things become bad, in an instant This was the trouble with families Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt This book is one of theImportant Novels the ones that get talked about over and over about howSignificantand Essentialthey are for readingand much like manyImportant Novels , I just didn t enjoy it.Now, the last time I didn t like an Important Novel cough cough Animal Farm , I was besieged with comments about how I was too stupid to understand the novel I will maintain, at least in that novel s case, that getting it and liking it are two entirely separate things I didn t like Animal Farm PeriodHowever, for The God of Small Things, I honestly don t know if I didn t like it because it was bad or if I just didn t get itI couldn t follow a thingThe timeline was disjointed, often skipping ahead followed by flashbacks, so I felt disoriented and disgruntled much of the time The prose was overly complicated and tiresome to read I love beautiful language and elegant metaphors but this one had so much of both that it would sometimes take pages to figure out a single subtle point The characters feltlike snapshots rather than fully fleshed out characters So much metaphor time, absolutely no character development And, in general, the plot was one giant grey mess Did something happen Was it significant Or was it just humans being garbage people to each other This seems to happen a lot with critically acclaimed books people love it, but without that badge or sticker of approval, I don t really think it would be so popular Ultimately, it s one very confused star Not a fan of this one DISCLAIMER I m a huge audiobook fan, so I picked up the audio version Maybe I shouldn t have I kept getting confused this novel to me was difficult to follow via audiobook, even when I repeated the beginning 3xs so perhaps if I had read it the book would ve felt less disjointed and I would have enjoyed it significantly.But I m not feeling up for a reread, so my review will stand as is YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading Lush, gorgeous prose reading The God of Small Things is like having your arms and legs tied to a slowly moving, possibly dying horse, and being dragged face down through the jungle I mean, like that, only nice You can t stop seeing and smelling everything, and it s all so foreign and rich Potentially ripe with e coli The similes and metaphors Roy employs are simultaneously tactile and surreal, like an overly vivid dream, and her storytelling style is somewhere between Joseph Conrad, Emily D Lush, gorgeous prose reading The God of Small Things is like having your arms and legs tied to a slowly moving, possibly dying horse, and being dragged face down through the jungle I mean, like that, only nice You can t stop seeing and smelling everything, and it s all so foreign and rich Potentially ripe with e coli The similes and metaphors Roy employs are simultaneously tactile and surreal, like an overly vivid dream, and her storytelling style is somewhere between Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, and Pilgrim s Progress if you actually read That Particular Gem Key sentences reappear a few chapters later multiple times throughout the book the main one, of course, being Everything can change in the course of a day And if you re going to repeat a sentence multiple times in a book, that s certainly not a bad one.The one thing that makes me hesitant to go all out with the five stars is the whole backwards plot development thing At least early on in the book, it struck me as a little gimmicky, especially since the end result is so dramatic Estha doesn t talk anyWhy doesn t Estha talk anySomething must have happened to him When did it happen to him As a child, something very bad happened to him as a child You re probably wondering what that is now, right Well now let s talk about his aunt He s got a mom too This is what their garden is like Hey, remember Estha, that kid you re wondering about Yeah, something definitely happened to him as a kid Keep reading, suckers But I shouldn t say that, because, of course, it turns out you re not a sucker for reading this book, and the joke is on me for ever thinking so in the first place