ARUNDHATI ROY The God of Small Things
WINNER OF THE 1997 BOOKER PRIZE
The International No.1 Bestseller
‘The God of Small Things explores the tragic fate of a family which “tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how.” They are an eclectic mix: grandmother Mammachi; her spoilt Anglophile son, Chacko; her daughter Ammu; Ammu’s inseparable twins Estha and Rahel; and Baby Kochamma, grand-aunt, determined to spread the bitter seeds of her early disappointment in love. From its
mesmerising opening sequence, it is clear that we are in the grip of a delicious new voice. . .a voice of breathtaking beauty.
The God of Small Things achieves genuine, tragic resonance. It is, indeed, a masterpiece.’ CHRISTINA PATTERSON ,THE OBSERVER
‘The joy of The God of Small Things is that it appeals equally to the head and the heart. It is clever and complex. yet it makes one laugh and finally, moves one to tears. A masterpiece, utterly exceptional.’ WILLIAM DALRYMPLE Harpers &Queen
‘Roy peels away the layers of her mysteries with such delicate cunning, such a dazzlingly adroit shuffle of accumulating revelations that to discuss the plot would be to violate it. Like a devotionally built temple, The God of Small Things builds a massive interlocking structure of fine, intensely felt details. A novel of real ambition must invent its own language, and this one does.’ JOHN UPDIKE, New Yorker