The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is an ambitious first book as it tackles issues as diverse as memory, class and gender discrimination, twins, divorce, death, and grief. Truly epic in scope, its unique structure can confuse at times as it jumps back and forth in time, but the author manages it well. There is a poetry to her language that evokes clear imagery and emotion from the simplest of descriptions. A superbly written novel that is ultimately tragic, but is able to achieve a startling degree of beauty and grace within that tragedy.

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