The God of Small Things (Paperback)

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Part-mystery, part-political drama, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins living in southern India in the late 1960's and the tragedies that tear their family apart.  Roy's prose is rich and playful, making for a truly cinematic novel that conjures up vivid images and leaves you with wonderful musings like, "there are no black cats, only black cat-shaped holes in the universe."

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Description


The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy's modern classic is equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing "big things that] lurk unsaid" in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.

Praise for The God of Small Things

"Dazzling . . . as subtle as it is powerful."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

" The God of Small Things] offers such magic, mystery, and sadness that, literally, this reader turned the last page and decided to reread it. Immediately. It's that haunting."--USA Today

"The quality of Ms. Roy's narration is so extraordinary--at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple--that the reader remains enthralled all the way through."--The New York Times Book Review

"A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does."--John Updike, The New Yorker

"Outstanding. A glowing first novel."--Newsweek

"Splendid and stunning."--The Washington Post Book World

About the Author


Arundhati Roy was trained as an architect. She has worked as a production designer and written the screenplays for two films. She lives in New Delhi. This is her first book. From the Hardcover edition.

Praise For…


“Dazzling . . . as subtle as it is powerful.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[The God of Small Things] offers such magic, mystery, and sadness that, literally, this reader turned the last page and decided to reread it. Immediately. It’s that hauntingly wonderful.”
–USA Today

“The quality of Ms. Roy’s narration is so extraordinary–at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple–that the reader remains enthralled all the way through.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does.”
–John Updike, The New Yorker

“Outstanding. A glowing first novel.”
–Newsweek

“Splendid and stunning.”
–The Washington Post Book World

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812979657
ISBN-10: 0812979656
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publication Date: December 16th, 2008
Pages: 333
Language: English