Rating: 4.5 / 5
I have had THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy on my TBR for ages and I picked up a copy at my local used book store a couple years back. When I saw that it worked for the #RoryGilmoreBookClub for an author of Asian descent in May, I immediately added it to my TBR. Audible also had the audiobook free to listen to for members.
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS is a multi-generational family saga set in southern India in 1969. At the center of the book are a set of two-egg twins Rahel and Esthappen. Around them is a varied family including their mother, a blind grandmother to an uncle who brings over his white wife and the twins’ cousins. When tragedy strikes the family, everything changes.
This is a hard book to summarize and a hard one to wrap my thoughts around! The writing is incredibly beautiful even as the subject matter often is not. Trigger warnings for molestation, abuse. The story is full of heartbreak along with moments of beauty.
The narrative bounces around in time quite a bit and I did find myself getting a bit lost on occasion. I think it may be that the print version might have been helpful in those cases, though I did like the audiobook and narrator as a whole. The plot is less critical to this one than the characters and what they are individually going through.
I think this is a book where I would likely get more out of it on reread, especially doing it entirely in print and perhaps at a time where I am more focused. That said, I am glad that I did finally pick it up!