Magazine article New Internationalist

[The God of Small Things]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The God of Small Things]

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The God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy (Flamingo, ISBN 0 00 225586 3)

Take a massive, newsworthy, royalty advance, mix in a bit of high - profile media campaigning, season with a sprinkling of controversy - and you have the perfect recipe for publisher's vol au vent, all air and little substance. But actually, in spite of all this, Arundhati Roy thoroughly deserves recognition for her first novel The God of Small Things. I read this cunningly interwoven narrative thinking: 'Mmmm. Original, imaginative, thrilling, sparklingly well - written - but where is it all leading to? How is she going to pull it all together in the end?

She does. And it becomes apparent that the dark shadowy hints that underscore the lightness of her comic touch are there for good reason. It's a family story, as many of the best novels are. A family with its quirky bits that have you chuckling out loud; a family with a secret that unravels into a devastating trauma. …

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