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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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    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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    ron petrey 07-23-17
    ron petrey 07-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The God of Small Things"

    Best audio book ever - for insomniacs. Excruciating detail of almost every random thought does
    the trick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Lackie 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So flowery"

    I was unable to get through to the end. The exaggerated details were painful to hear, and certain themes and phrases were such an overwhelming overtone that the storyline, which is largely out of chronological order to begin with, was detracted from. Perhaps the hard copy would be easier for some readers.

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    anne85 10-18-17
    anne85 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Heartbreaking and beautifully written"

    A heartbreaking story that will haunt me for a long time. Roy writes beautifully, painting the story with her masterful use of words. The story, set in Kerala, India starts with the tragedy of a child's death. The book then simultaneously follows the different family members' timelines leading up to and following the tragedy, going back and forth in time and perspective. Mathan's engaging narration does the book justice.

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    Kathryn 09-22-17
    Kathryn 09-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful imagery and sense of place."

    I really enjoyed this, I liked the mystery style of fragmented narrative. Some of the sex was a bit gratuitous though.

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    M. Greer 09-21-17
    M. Greer 09-21-17
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    "Lovely story of remote India"
    If you could sum up The God of Small Things in three words, what would they be?

    Cultural experience read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters and background


    Have you listened to any of Sneha Mathan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I liked it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The life described is so foreign, one doesn't have an extreme reaction...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron San Diego, US, Canada 09-13-17
    Ron San Diego, US, Canada 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to The God of Small Things the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is an excellent match for the material.
    She navigates the English/Malayalam/child language with fluidity.

    The writing itself is tremendously imaginative; it is not just a story but an
    immersive story/creative/linguistic experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    in the talkies and the ending


    Any additional comments?

    I understand why this book is considered a modern classic.
    Rereading it enhances my "not a word out of place" appreciation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee 09-07-17
    Aimee 09-07-17
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    "So Many Unnecessary Words!"
    What disappointed you about The God of Small Things?

    It felt disjointed and the although the author went to great pains to describe every single detail...the details were not interesting or necessary.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised by the amount of positive commentary. For me, it was not worth the time.

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    Kupelian Los Angeles, California 09-05-17
    Kupelian Los Angeles, California 09-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant dark social drama"

    Great novel, perfectly narrated but pretty dark and heavy and so realistic in portraying Indian norms that create social dramas.
    Worth the listen though and will stay with you!

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    Lauren J. Kotloff 08-19-17
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    "Beautiful book!"
    What did you love best about The God of Small Things?

    The point of view of the children was written exquisitely. Gorgeous, lush prose, and very sad story.


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