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Publisher Description

The Asian literary phenomenon of the 90s.

More magical than Mistry, more of a rollicking good read than Rushdie, more nerve-tinglingly imagined than Naipaul, here, perhaps, is the greatest Indian novel by a woman. Arundhati Roy has written an astonishingly rich, fertile novel, teeming with life, colour, heart-stopping language, wry comedy and a hint of magical realism.

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother’s factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family – their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom-pincher) and their avowed enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

Fiction & Literature
May 26
Fourth Estate

Customer Reviews

So every name is taken ,

A must read

This is truly an incredible book, should be read more than once. Beware it will make you cry, passed it to my son who texted me from the bus to work to say he can't believe he cried reading a book in public!

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My Favourite Novel

I have just finished this book for the fourth time. I bought the iBook because I had to have it in my pocket. We all hear of books that are better when re-read but this is truly designed for that reason; to open the page anywhere and be able to enjoy

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