Liked It5 of 5 members found this review helpful
“This is, quite possibly, my favorite book of all time. I agree that the first time around, it can be incredibly hard to get through. It's very repetitive and there seems to be a large amount of extraneous details. Once finished, however, this novel has a way of transforming itself into the most...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I didn’t care for the drawn out whimsical metaphors, to me they led away from the story and seemed to be extremely over done in a failed attempt add depth and creativity. The story was simple yet in-between the story there was an abundance of frills and repetition. The author went back and forth...”see full review » see other reviews »
“So far it has a lot of hidden meanings to what is written. I love it.”Peachez Mukoya wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my absolute favourite reads, a book about all kinds of forbidden relationships”Christine Dahl wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I felt like I had a special bond with this book because I am Indian and this book is all about the middle class Indian mentality. The way the older people look upon divorcees, untouchables, couples without children, etc and worship anybody with white skin is portrayed perfectly. The fact that this was all viewed from the eyes of 7 year old twins (and I happen to have 'two-egg twins' from a broken love-marriage between two people from different Indian states) made it even better.
The satire and irony can even be classified as dark humor, considering there are so many tragedies that take place in the story. You can't help feeling really bad for the innocent little twins as everyone blames them for everything that happens, which goes on to affect their entire lives after that.
This is a beautiful, sad story, wonderfully written (although the unnecessary sentence caps and repetition of phrases made me rate it 4 stars instead of 5) that made me laugh and cry, and made me feel like I was right in the middle of Kerala, with the smell of dust, rain and banana jam surrounding me. I really hope everybody on earth reads this book at least once, especially the Indians.”
“This novel centered upon twins, the boy Estha and the girl Rahel, during a crucial time when they're seven-years-old in 1969 and when they're reunited 24 years later. I found many of the cultural details depicting modern India intriguing: the complex interplay between religion, politics, region, ethnicity, race, gender, the colonial legacy and especially caste.
But I found the story hard to get into and never engrossing. Partly this was because of jarring jumps in time, which left me disoriented at times, especially since it often wasn't transitioned well or unified through a single point of view but told in omniscient. I found the constant foreshadowing of "the Terror" annoying quickly. The imagery and metaphor, even if at times striking and lovely, is overdone. Never mind the often choppy syntax and that the writing suffers from the Capitalization Syndrome of Death(tm). (I've seen words capitalized to good comic effect in some works, but here I felt it overdone and distracting.)
My unfamiliarity with Indian culture, particularly names, and the multi-generational nature of the story meant that in self-defense I had to draw up a genealogical chart to try to keep track of the characters--all of whom left me cold. (And though I might have my issues with Christianity, my goodness what evil caricatures of Christians in this book!) Besides a genealogical chart, the book could have also used a glossary--a lot of foreign words are left untranslated you can't get from the context.
Around page 50 the characters started coming into focus for me, but then about a third in I hit my first "oh no" moment. This tale was just too sordid and bleak for me and contained scenes that made me feel literally nauseous.”
“Every chapter has different protagonist. I felt she wrote about my childhood trips to the airport along with the monotony of the small, medium large kathakalis on display.
Cuts through the deepest core. I am still waiting for another masterpiece from her.”
“I liked this book so much I read it twice.”Norma M.Gottlieb wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The God of the Small Things started off with the suspense and lure required for an incredible book. The deed that everyone referred to was clouded in mystery and made for a promising read. Unfortunately, the author was too slow in delivering the punchline... in fact, I felt like the story leaked it's answer to the reader without delivering a punch line. As a result of the overly flowery descriptions, the repetition in certain thoughts, and the nonlinear narrative, I found I had to force myself to finish the last few chapters.”Linh wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“really fine writer and an interesting creation of a time and place unknown to me, India with so many different points of reference; a rich tapestry. I read this in January so don't remember that many details, but I did very much enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading about different cultures.”Dana G. Clinton wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautifully written ..an all time favourite”Linda Whitfield wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book changed me. It has left a lasting mark. Arundhati Roy writes such lyrical prose that you find yourself reading sentences over and over because they take your breath away. Despite the fact that I read this book over ten years ago, I can still remember the emotions that it conjured. ”Michaela Laufs wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No