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The God of Small Things Audiobook

The God of Small Things

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Publisher's Summary

Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published 20 years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India.

Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family - their lonely, lovely mother Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), their enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt), and the ghost of an imperial entomologist's moth (with unusually dense dorsal tufts).

When their English cousin and her mother arrive on a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever. The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.

©1997 Arundhati Roy (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    scott 06-26-17
    scott 06-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Small things have great value"

    Enthralled by characters with a depth and hue that are true to themselves yet tragic for each other. What else could we expect them to do? We know from the first what happens. Still it breaks our hearts when we learn the how. Gaps filled in with the small things of life that give living is true value.

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    CANDACE O'NEILL 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "BEEN TO KERALA, VERY ACCURATE REPRESENTATION"

    Listen to this book, it is beyond description. So evocative, so real and spooky and descriptive of the place.

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    Kindle Customer CA 06-23-17
    Kindle Customer CA 06-23-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A unique marvel"

    This is by far one of the best books that I have listened to. The author has a way of playing with language that is rare in adult literature, and much more common in children's stories. The effect is a beautiful, poetic story read flawlessly. This is one of the few books that I will listen to again. Truly magical!

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    marilee donovan 06-22-17

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    "Couldn't finish"

    I found the story very hard to follow. The characters were a bit confusing and the timeline was extremely confusing. I couldn't tell where the characters were in their life story. I gave up. It might have been easier had I read the book rather than listen to it so I could go back for references

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    Porus Lakdawala 06-15-17
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    Just beautiful! Would have liked to finish at one go instead of the two days it took. Can't wait to start Roy's new book tomorrow.

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