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The God of Small Things : Winner of the 1997 Man Booker Prize - Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

Winner of the 1997 Man Booker Prize

Paperback Published: October 1998
ISBN: 9780006550686
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 14+ years old

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The phenomenon of the 90's.

More magical than Mistry, more of a rollicking good read than Rushdie, more nerve-tinglingly imagined than Naipaul, here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy has written an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism.

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

About the Author

Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997.

Industry Reviews

Booker Prize Winner 1997. The story of Esta and Rahel, male and female dizygotic twins, who recall how their feared aunt forced the English language upon them; how, when the twins were seven they, were visited by nine-year-old Sophie Mol for a Christmas vacation; and how these events lead to taboo sex and appalling violence. Roy's love story owes something to Joyce, something to Faulkner and a great deal to Rushdie. Her prose is rich and effervescent, bursting with imagery and ideas. - (Kirkus UK)

Yes, I would read it again and again,,,,,


I enjoyed the way in which the author was able to capture and convey the simplest yet explicit happenings through the eyes of a child. It took me back to my childhood where I can remember thinking and explaining to myself, the reason why things just happened in the way they did.

NSW Australia


Good book.


I thought it was a good book to read, yet not quite fantastic.

Perth, Au


The God of Small Things

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ISBN: 9780006550686
ISBN-10: 0006550681
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: October 1998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.27