Book: The God of Small Things 

Author: Arundhati Roy

Rating: 4.5/5

The God of Small Things-Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things is a heart-rending story about seven years old Estha and Rahel, two-egg twins. Estha and Rahel along with their Ammu (mother) live in their maternal grandparents’ house in Ayemenem (Kerala) following Ammu’s divorce. Ammu works in the family’s pickle factory in spite of which she and her kids are denied any rights, let alone love, by her Oxford returned brother Chacko who considers them nothing less than millstones around his neck. The story goes further when Chacko’s ex-wife Margaret brings their daughter Sophie to Ayemenem on a visit from London. The ill-fated visit ends in the demise of Sophie for which Estha and Rahel have to pay a heavy price. The kids are the biggest victims as they are snatched of their childhood, their happiness sought in small things. The story reveals History’s cruel way of taking revenge at people who break the Love Laws. ‘The laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.’

Social/Historical context:

Set in Ayemenem in Kerala, the story sheds light on the deep rooted prejudices about caste nurtured by people. It shows the extent to which people swear on their beliefs and punish those violating the norms laid by society. The family’s Syrian Christian origins and their condescending perceptions of other castes, considered backward, are emphasized. A glimpse of the influence of communism in Kerala is also shown in the book.

Writing Style:

Arundhati Roy is wondrously gifted in the art of language. The book has its own unique language with rhythmical analogies to every situation that is a completely lyrical experience till the last page. She has a knack of dragging you to the place and the time as she wills. The shift between places and times is seamless and delightful to say the least. The story grips you with an aching desperation to know the unknown till the end which very few writers are capable of invoking. Her characters touch your soul and melancholy washes over as you cry even when the kids laugh. It might come off as a slight task to amateur readers. They could perhaps read it once they are more comfortable with the language. For proficient readers it is 340 pages of pure indulgence!

My Thoughts:

An individual striving constantly to understand human behavior, I completely love the author’s way of expressing the sensitive thoughts and dilemmas of human mind as a child, as an adult, as a mother, as a lover. The story gives me the reassurance about human vulnerability to be loved, to dream and to be happy every time I read it. Apart from the touching story I love the book’s language which is a completely different experience in itself. Arundhati’s finest work till now and unarguably one of the most beautiful books of our times, the book is a must read for every sensitive and passionate reader.

Book Reviewed By V. Dhanalakshmi

Read other Booker Prize winning book reviews here

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Book Lovers Club News.

Write a book review and get a web page dedicated to yourself! Click Here

Got an opinion on this book?

Did you read this book too? Got an opinion on it? Share it!

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

yes, Not rated yet
The God of Small Things is a heart-rending story and the story reveals History’s cruel way of taking revenge at people who break the Love Laws. ‘The laws …

Click here to write your own.


Nice site(I like the eating books concept!)
-Maggie Ball

Dear Ashmita,
Allow me to congratulate you on your constant efforts at keeping the love for literature and the love for reading constant -amongst us netizens by regularly posting quizzes and information as this current read on Pulitzer prizes! Excellent!
Warm wishes,

Thank you Ashmita. And I would like to take this as an opportunity to express my appreciation of the effort that has gone into the making of such a fabulous website.
-Amrita Dutta

I would like to take an opportunity to congratulate you for all your efforts in creating such an insightful and informative Group ( Book Review Circle) It is surely a great platform to gather and learn more about like-minded people.
-Jai Prakash Dangwal

This was really a wonderful piece of information. It was enriching and educating. Thank You.

I am amazed at the number of reviews and the wide range of books you have read and written about. Really impressive!

Without the educative literary information from you I feel spiritually dry. Nice to hear from you.
-Palashpriya Bose Jaiswal

It was interesting to know about the significance and use of diary entries in the world of writing. I read something like this for the first time, so I thank and congratulate you for your choice of topic :-)