[Book Review] The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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It has been a while since I have read fiction.

This book has been loaned to me by a bookworm friend who insisted reading this was worth it.  I was hesitant at first, because I had other books on my “to-read” list. But after assessing that I have not been too varied and adventurous lately on books, I decided to read it. And true enough, it delivered the goods.

“The God of Small Things” tells the story of fraternal twins Estha and Rahel. The story revolves on what happened during their cousin’s visit to India.  This is not surprising since the author, Arundhati Roy, hails from India but is based in the UK. The twins’ cousin, Sophie Mol, is half-Indian and half-Brit, a fusion of the author’s roots.  The storytelling shifts from the past to the present, giving bits of pieces of a beautifully woven story.

The story draws a mix of emotions – from childhood dreams, love in all aspects (parental, unrequited, brokenhearted), it tells of the power of a mother’s love, of how in each family there is dysfunction, of respect, of the small things that truly matter.  It is a page-turner. Ms. Roy created a moving story from a simple plot that speaks profoundly.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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