Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things

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The Asian literary phenomenon of the 90s. (Quelle:'Flexibler Einband/05.05.1998')

The God of Small Things zieht sich, bei mir will kaum Sympathie für die Charaktere aufkommen, aber irgendwas fesselt mich dennoch.

— LauraCardea

Bittersüßes Märchen mit bösen Tanten, geliebten Unberührbaren und einem Zwillingspärchen. Schmerzvoll phantastisch.

— ichundelaine
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    The God of Small Things

    ichundelaine

    05. November 2016 um 10:26

    When 27-year-old Rahel returns to the place she grew up at, she is not only confronted with her twin brother, who just ceased to speak and wanders the little Indian village like a ghost, but also with a terrible crime they sort of commited when they were seven years old.Growing up in an almost fairy tale world with a blind violin playing grandmother, an Oxford-studied, fat pickle-baron uncle Chako, a bigot almost-nun as aunt and a divorced mother in an enchanted area with ghosts of pederasts and places like "The heart of darkness" the twins Rahel and Esthappen grow up in very antagonistic, unusual Indian circumstances, where the question always is "Who can be loved and how much?". The brittle idyll is challenged when Sophie Mol, Chako's daughter from a previous marriage to a British lady comes to visit. Sophie with her light hair and her yellow pants is an event, less than a visitor. When she dies, terrbile events are set in motion, destroying the futures of not only one person and separating the twins. During those incidents, Esta is responsible for the fate of a loved, yet untouchable person, which will change his own life forever. The story starts with Sophie Mols burial and builds up to the circumstances behind it. Alas, the story is a bit secondary, for it is the beautiful prose that really captures the reader's attention. One can almost smell the musky river, the bethel nuts and the pickled mangos. It is a story that engulfes the reader like a sticky blanketand leaves him guessing for a long time.I heartily recommend this little gem. 

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    The God of Small Things

    Lax

    05. November 2010 um 22:00

    It's a familytale spanning over decades in soutwest India. It's a breathtaking tale of a hidden mystery. It's a tale about two-egged twins. It's a tale about love. It's a tale of the various amounts of colours, odours and little things in India. It's a tale you will never forget. From the beginning of the book you will be drawn into the world of soutwest India and you will feal it with all your senses. „The river shrinks and black crows gorge in bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen, Jackfruit burst.“ And from the beginning you will hear the story of Rahel and her two-egg twin Esthappen who has long ago given up to speak. Twenty-three year after they were seperated Rahel moves from Assam to Kerala and the two-egg twins are united again, but not the same as all the years ago. Something really terrible must have happend last time they were together, not only the death of their cousin from England Sophie Mol. The story jumps back and forth in time like the frogs in the river. So take your time, read carefully and you will spot the god of little things. „It's so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain.“ The language of Roy is sometimes slow and poetic then hard and straight. „Quick piss. Hotfoam on warmstone. Police-piss.“ And not only jumps the story in time, it also jumps between the characters. You will meet the whole family, like the blind matriarch grandmother Mammachi or Baby Kochamma, who fell as a girl in love for a christian man. The story is about love, which has been shattered, kept hidden in the dark of the river, carried in the hearts and longed after. From „Paradise Pickles & Preserves“ to „The cost of living.“ From the moth of pappachi to the paravan Velutha - the untouchable, who marches with a red flag of the communists. There is no time to hold your breath. The story evolves before your eyes. On one page you will enjoy the children playing, see the spider, who hides behind „bits of rubbish“, and on the following you are desperate to find out what had happened twenty-three years ago? You will have to wait till the very end and then shed a tear. „Some things come with their own punishments.“ It's a really great book and everyone who likes a fantatstic story, a brilliant writting and wants to dive deep into the heart of India must read it. You will never forget the „God of small things.“ Arundhati Roy lives in New Dehli. She is married for the second time to an indian filmmaker. She studied architecture and „The god of small things“ became her first novel, which won the Booker-Prize in 1997. She uses her fame to write essays about social causes.

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    The God of Small Things

    Etoile

    16. July 2007 um 11:36

    wunderschöne Sprache

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