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The God of small things

By: Roy, Arundhati

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0006550681 / 9780006550686
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20 cm 339 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Flamingo, 1997.

'They all broke the rules. They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.' This is the story of Rahel and Estha, twins growing up among the banana vats and peppercorns of their blind grandmother's factory, and 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). Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize-winning novel was the literary sensation of the 1990s: a story anchored to anguish but fuelled by wit and magic.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


R 2003 The BBC Big Read Top 100
W 1997 Booker Prize for Fiction
S 1998 Best of the Bestsellers
S 2003 BBC Big Read Top 100

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