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A Quick Tip by cdbaker

  • Jul 18, 2010
Without rehashing the plot -- I am a bit shocked this book won The Booker Prize. It's a haunting and sad tale told in an almost too cute, sing songy, back and forth in time way from the point of view of child -- but told in third person. It is a clever novel and does explore cultural elements, but never really digs deeply enough into the pathos she explores.
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May 18, 2011
Nice QT! I'm on the opposite spectrum. I'm not shocked it won because it is beautifully written prose. I'm surprised you describe it as "cute, sing songy." I see this as the story of one family, and she did explore the characters and how the events affected everyone's lives differently. The characters are the driving force of this novel, not the cultural elements.
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In her first novel, award-winning Indian screenwriter Arundhati Roy conjures a whoosh of wordplay that rises from the pages like a brilliant jazz improvisation.The God of Small Thingsis nominally the story of young twins Rahel and Estha and the rest of their family, but the book feels like a million stories spinning out indefinitely; it is the product of a genius child-mind that takes everything in and transforms it in an alchemy of poetry.The God of Small Thingsis at once exotic and familiar to the Western reader, written in an English that's completely new and invigorated by the Asian Indian influences of culture and language.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From Publishers Weekly With sensuous prose, a dreamlike style infused with breathtakingly beautiful images and keen insight into human nature, Roy's debut novel charts fresh territory in the genre of magical, prismatic literature. Set in Kerala, India, during the late 1960s when Communism rattled the age-old caste system, the story begins with the funeral of young Sophie Mol, the cousin of the novel's protagonists, Rahel and her fraternal twin brother, Estha. In a circuitous and suspenseful narrative, Roy reveals the family tensions that led to the twins' behavior on the fateful night that Sophie drowned. Beneath the drama of a family tragedy lies a background of local politics, social taboos and the tide of history?all of which come together in a slip of...
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ISBN-10: 0060977493
ISBN-13: 978-0060977498
Author: Arundhati Roy
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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