Suzanne Ruta
May 16, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The God of Small Things

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Arundhati Roy
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Arundhati Roy plumbs modern India in this brilliant first novel about love across the bar of caste, The God of Small Things. When the daughter of a declining feudal house is touched by an untouchable, half a dozen lives are destroyed. In beautifully paced scenes, Roy builds small, savory details (armpits, belly buttons, insects, toys) into a Salman Rushdie-style mock epic. All is filtered through the eyes of 7-year-old twins, who speak a private language of nicknames and repetitions. If the tale is tragic, the telling — in this postmodern parable — is playful, exuberant, teeming with life. A

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