one day at a time

day 157: The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things © Verena Fischer 2012

The God of Small Things © Verena Fischer 2012

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is one of those books that sneaks up on you. First I wasn’t sure what to think, then I put it away and read something else, because I just wasn’t so convinced. However, in the end I picked it up again and started where I left off. Although I had forgotten a few things over the months, it read on lightly, as if something latched onto you secretly and pulled you in. Now after finishing the book I know that I made a mistake in putting it away for a few months, since it just created a gap in the middle that took away part of the atmosphere of getting dragged in. Sometimes it’s important to just carry on whether you’re sure or not.

It’s a story with a dense atmosphere and only by the end you really get what was going on throughout. There is a sense of dread lingering as well. One that grips you ever more tightly once you realise how brutal the story really is, although it’s beautifully told. I can only recommend that you guys read it.

4 responses

  1. The book sounds much like everyday life… sometimes we want to throw in the towel yet we keep going and find that things worked out and all is well. Your photo and lens effect are perfection!

    January 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  2. I absolutely loved that book. You are right, brutal and beautiful.

    January 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

  3. Haven’t read this one…
    sounds fascinating, though…

    January 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  4. I really enjoyed this book – the writing style was surprising as was the story. Definitely made an impression.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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