Monday, January 19, 2009

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

I started reading this book many years ago and probally got a few chapters into it before putting it down. I don't know why I didn't like it but it put me off the book for years. I have a copy on my shelf back in Canada but decided to tackle it again after I saw a copy on a friends shelf here in Turkey. It was also a book that I could choose for my 1% Reading Challenge, as well as the Diversity Rocks Challenge. I found this book an easy read and really interesting. The story is set in India in the late 1960's and looks at how the lives of two twins, Rahel and Estha, are affected after a horrible incident happens to their British cousin Sophie Mol (which they call The Terror). The story deals with issues of class, gender and poverty. I found it horrific some of the things people do (and the people they destroy) to save the reputation of their family. The story is beautifully written and I believe should be read a few times to really understand what it is about. There were parts of it that were a little confusing because the story jumps from time period to time period. But when you get to the end, everything comes together. I really like books on India. There is a harsh reality of poverty and class and gender inequality that can never fully be realized by people who have never been there. But by reading some wonderful Indian novels, at least we can get a glimpse of another world.


Anonymous said...

Hmm... nice post. I too started The God of Small Things a couple of years back but left it unfinished. But I am a great fan of Arundhati Roy's political essays. She is one of the most articulate political analysts of the world I guess.
By the way, have you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini? It is a wonderful book; you will definitely love it.
I liked your blog and adding it to my Google Reader.

Bybee said...

I'll be on the lookout for this one.

Linda Jacobs said...

I, too, tried it quite a few years ago. The cover was beautiful and the title really intrigued me. But, like you, I couldn't get into it.

Maybe I'll have to give it a second chance!