Title: The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy
Context : The God of Small Things (1997) is a historical fiction debut novel set in India during the 1960s. The story about the twins Rahel and Estahppen, is set in Kerala State, India in the year 1969. Their experiences in childhood as fraternal twins and how the ‘Love Laws’ destroy their lives with the laws laying down rules about who how much one should be loved and who should be loved. Arundhati Roy, the Indian writer presents this modern classic novel with equal parts of piercing political drama, a forbidden love story and powerful saga of a family.
Synopsis : Amidst demonstrations of Marxist workers, stranded on the highway is a Plymouth in sky blue color and with chrome tailfins. The tale is about Rahel and Estha, the seven year old twins. Esthappen and Rahel, the two-egg twins are inside the car and it is from here that their story begins. When Sophie, their beautiful young English cousin arrives, their world is irrevocably shaken. They learn that Things Can Change In a Day. This arrival will end up in a number of things including intentional and accidental tragedies, illicit liaison in the process exposing ‘big things that lurk unsaid’ in a nation which is moving towards unrest, dangerously.
The God of Small Things in an award-winning, unnerving, lyrical and lush landmark initiating an esteemed career of political commentary and fiction for the author which continues incessantly.
The twins armed with just the invincible innocence a child has, they initiate a childhood for themselves with Ammu, their beautiful mother, Mammachi their blind grandmother, Chacko their beloved uncle, Baby Kochamma their enemy and the ghost of an imperial entomologist’s moth having uncommon thick dorsal tufts.
They learn that lives can twist into ugly shapes, new shapes and even end forever beside their ‘graygreen’ river with trees, sky, fish in it and a broken yellow moon in it at night. The novel takes on everything on the Big Themes, including Hope, Love, Infinite Joy and Madness.
Other works by the Author:
2017 – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
1998 – The End of Imagination
1999 – The Cost of Living
1999 – The Greater Common Good
2002 – The Algebra of Infinite Justice
2002 – Power Politics
2003 – War Talk
2004 – An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire
2004 – The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile
2008 – The Shape of the Beast
2010 – Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy
2011 – Broken Republic: Three Essays
2011 – Walking with the Comrades
2011 – Kashmir: The Case for Freedom
2013 – The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament
2014 – Capitalism: A Ghost Story
2016 – Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations
2017 – The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race and Annihilation of Caste, the Debate Between B.R.Ambedkar and M.K. Gandhi.
2018– My Seditious Heart: Collected Non-Fiction