The God of Small Things by acclaimed writer Arundhathi Roy could only be hailed as a masterpiece in the literary world for more reasons than just winning the Booker Prize in 1997. Set in the Kottayam town of Ayemenem in southern India, Roy lures the readers into the secret world of one very fractured family upon whom an unforeseen tragedy lurks about. The tragedy of crossing into forbidden territory and tampering with laws that laid out who should be loved and how. And how much.
Told mainly through the recollections of the fraternal twins, Rahel and Estha, the story unfolds in a devastatingly arresting pace. From the funeral of an innocent child to the death of an innocent man, The God of Small Things captivates the readers in a state of dazzled shock as Roy unveils, with such melodramatic prose, how the dire consequences of crossing into forbidden territory has altered the lives of everyone in its path.
The heart-rending narrative goes as far as exploring the inner worlds of each character with minute detail, beautifully woven around the tragedies of life. The readers are easily drawn into a world of secrets, tragedy, love and madness and yet nothing prepares the readers for the calamity about to descend. Roy’s uncanny ability to draw reader’s attention to her flawless portrayal of senses, brings the story truly alive.
A magnificent debut novel with a marvelous prose sure to mesmerize readers in every possible way. The God of Small Things is truly a book to be savored, devoured and treasured. It should definitely be on your list-of-must-read-novels-before-you-die, if it already isn’t. Recommended with the highest praise!