The God of Small Things

  • by Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by Sneha Mathan
  • 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Likened to the works of Faulkner and Dickens when it was first published 20 years ago, this extraordinarily accomplished debut novel is a brilliantly plotted story of forbidden love and piercing political drama, centered on the tragic decline of an Indian family in the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India.
Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, the twins Rahel and Esthappen fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family - their lonely, lovely mother Ammu (who loves by night the man her children love by day), their blind grandmother Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), their enemy Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt), and the ghost of an imperial entomologist's moth (with unusually dense dorsal tufts).
When their English cousin and her mother arrive on a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day. That lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever. The brilliantly plotted story uncoils with an agonizing sense of foreboding and inevitability. Yet nothing prepares you for what lies at the heart of it.


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Listen to this book, it is beyond description. So evocative, so real and spooky and descriptive of the place.
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A unique marvel

This is by far one of the best books that I have listened to. The author has a way of playing with language that is rare in adult literature, and much more common in children's stories. The effect is a beautiful, poetic story read flawlessly. This is one of the few books that I will listen to again. Truly magical!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.