Instead, the novel is a patchwork of flashbacks and lengthy sidetracks that weave together to tell the story of the Ipe family.
Roy has described the book as "an inextricable mix of experience and imagination. Throughout the book, there are various moments that intersect.
One technique she employs is the capitalization of certain words and phrases to give them significance. He is four years elder to Ammu. One day on the way to a theatrethe family encounters a group of Communist protesters who surround the car and force Baby Kochamma to wave a red flag and chant a Communist slogan, thus humiliating her.
He threatens to hold Baby Kochamma responsible for falsely accusing Velutha. Chacko suffers more veiled racial discrimination, as it seems his daughter also does.
Setting[ edit ] The story is set in the village of Ayemenem in the Kottayam district of KeralaIndia. Some of the characters in the novel are also Syrian Christians, an ancient community in Kerala originating with St.
He never goes to college and acquires a number of habits, such as wandering on very long walks and obsessively cleaning his clothes. The Ipes are considered upper class. This is also part of the way Roy uses real-life places and people that she has shifted and altered for use in the story.
She persuades her parents to let her spend a summer with a distant aunt in Calcutta. Love, ideals, and confidence are all forsaken, consciously and unconsciously, innocently and maliciously, and these deceptions affect all of the characters deeply.
Kerala itself, where the story is set, has a complex social setup, with Hindus, Muslims, and Christians displaying different lifestyles and traditions.
After a turbulent childhood and adolescence in India, Rahel gets married and goes to America. They had been haunted by their guilt and their grief-ridden pasts.
She currently lives in Delhi and is working on a second novel. She dies alone a few years later at the age of It becomes apparent that neither twin ever found another person God of small things understood them in the way they understand each other.
Along with the caste system, readers see an economic class struggle. Later, when they reveal the truth to the chief of police he is alarmed.The God of Small Things is 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/5(K).
The God of Small Things is Arundhati Roy's first and only novel to date. It is semi-autobiographical in that it incorporates, embellishes, and greatly supplements events from her family's history. When asked why she chose Ayemenem as the setting for her novel, Roy replied, "It was the only place in.
Arundhati Roy has a new book, her second novel, out this year and much acclaimed. I want to read it, but in thinking about that book, I remembered her remarkable debut novel, The God of Small Things, which was published twenty years ago in /5(K). The God of Small Things () is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy.
It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who should be loved, and how. The God of Small Things's important quotes, sortable by theme, character, or chapter.
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The God of Small Things Introduction Published inThe God of Small Things quickly skyrocketed Arundhati Roy to worldwide critical and popular acclaim.
Her first (and to date only) novel won the Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the English-language literary world.Download