The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
This is a rather late post coming in from March.
TFG: March Book Discussion
“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes.”
1969 in the History House in Ayemenem, fraternal twins Estha and Rahel’s lives are changed forever after The Tragedy during a visit from their cousin, Sophie Mol – not that their lives were a bed of roses anyway. The story of the twin’s childhood experiences show the grim and wreck situation of their family and how people cope differently in situations that can shatter their fate.
- “It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much loner than the memory of the life that it purloined.” At the beginning of the story, Rahel narrates the situation and recalls that things have changed for the worse after the death of her cousin, Sophie Mol. It was mentioned again and again that Sophie Mol’s death was the trigger of things that changed their family drastically although it was never mentioned in the beginning what the circumstances of Sophie Mol’s death were which made me read through because of my curiosity to know what exactly happened.
- The book was rather disheartening not because it was not good but because the experiences of each character was something that you would not want happening to you. Most of the events that happened throughout the novel was sad and I can’t help but look forward if in the end something good will happen to at least one of them.
- The plot for me was well thought of and crafty in a way that it conveyed the reality of how families are, that not all families are perfect and that there will always be certain evils – or big things – that we keep hidden from each other, the gender inequalities and how affluence can matter in society. It also reflected the realities of the caste system in India and how people may turn a blind eye for those on the lower end of the ladder. These are harsh realities back then which are thoroughly and consistently showed throughout the story.
- The changing points of view helped a lot in the development of the story. It helped propel and give a better understanding to the situations and how each character lives in on the experience.
- The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the jumping timelines. It was a bit hard to catch up on whether the narrative was happening in the present or the past. At first it was a bit confusing but I think I got the hang of it mid-book.
- Someone from the book club said, “Baby fucking Kochama” – I couldn’t agree more.