The God Of Small Things


  • Author: Arundhati Roy
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-13: 9780143028574
  • Pages: 339
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2002


About The Book

In The God of Small Things: Booker Prize Winner 1997, Arundhati Roy paints a vivid picture of life in a rural town in India. in a magical and poetic way, she relates the thoughts and feelings of two small children, twins, as they navigate through the complexity and the hypocrisy of the adults in their life.

Set in Kerela in the 1960s, The God of Small Things: Booker Prize Winner 1997 is about two children, Estha and Rahel and the shocking consequences of a pivotal event in their lives. The twins live among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother’s factory amid scenes of political turbulence in Kerala. Armed only with the innocence of youth, they fashion a childhood in the shade of the wreck that is their family: their lonely, lovely mother, their beloved Uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher) and their sworn enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun, incumbent grand-aunt). Their peaceful, regular albeit less than perfect life is shaken by an unforeseeable event. The death of a visiting cousin from England by drowning changes their young lives forever.

About The Author

Suzanna Arundhati Roy, 1961 – Suzanna Roy was born November 24, 1961. Her parents divorced and she lived with her mother Mary Roy, a social activist, in Aymanam. Her mother ran an informal school named Corpus Christi and it was there Roy developed her intellectual abilities, free from the rules of formal education. At the age of 16, she left home and lived on her own in a squatter’s colony in Delhi. She went six years without seeing her mother. She attended Delhi School of Architecture where she met and married fellow student Gerard Da Cunha. Neither had a great interest in architecture so they quit school and went to Goa. They stayed there for seven months and returned broke. Their marriage lasted only four years. Roy had taken a job at the National Institute of Urban Affairs and, while cycling down a road; film director Pradeep Krishen offered her a small role as a tribal bimbo in Massey Saab. She then received a scholarship to study the restoration of monuments in Italy. During her eight months in Italy, she realized she was a writer. Now married to Krishen, they planned a 26-episode television epic called Banyan Tree. They didn’t shoot enough footage for more than four episodes so the serial was scrapped. She wrote the screenplay for the film In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones and Electric Moon. Her next piece caused controversy. It was an article that criticized Shekar Kapur’s film Bandit Queen, which was about Phoolan Devi. She accused Kapur of misrepresenting Devi and it eventually became a court case. Afterwards, finished with film, she concentrated on her writing, which became the novel “A God of Small Things.” It is based on what it was like growing up in Kerala. The novel contains mild eroticism and again, controversy found Roy having a public interest petition filed to remove the last chapter because of the description of a sexual act. It took Roy five years to write “A God of Small Things” and was released April 4, 1997 in Delhi. It received the Booker prize in London in 1997 and has topped the best-seller lists around the world. Roy is the first non-expatriate Indian author and the first Indian woman to win the Booker prize.