Arundhati Roy's prize-winning book (Booker prize) was a surprise to me. I put off reading it for quite some time because it seemed too intense, too difficult, too, well, intelectual for me. I am SO grateful to the world of blogging challenges because that's what made me put it on my list.
The God of Small Things is the story of young twins Estha and Rahel, growing up in an India of intolerance and a strong insurmountable division between the Touchables and the Untouchables. But it isn't only a story about growing up - it's also a story about the strength of true love and about the lengths that disappointment in love can cause a person to go to. It is a story of unhappiness so deep and complete that it affects everyone around. It is a story of a single mother trying to bring up her two children and not get lost in the process of life. It is the story of trying to save a family from destruction and in the end destroying everything around. A story of injustice and justice and love and hate and pride. And of how children view and digest what goes on around them, not always incorrectly.
But what is amazing about The God of Small Things isn't only related to the story - it is the storytelling that sets this novel apart from others. I have never read anything like it - I just never knew where the language would take me. Arundhati Roy's use of language is incredible - lyrical, magical, surprising, alive. This book is worth reading just to discover it.
Challenges: 888 challenge, 1% Well-Read Challenge, Man Booker Challenge, Orbis Terrarum