The God of Small Things

Fri 13 September 2013 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The God of Small Things is the debut and Booker prize winner novel by Arundhati Roy. The book is set in Ayemenem, a village in Kerala in a Syrian Catholic family. Rahel, the narrator, recounts the story of her family starting from her grandfather until the day she "returns".

While Rahel recounts her childhood, you start admiring the childish tone that Arundhati Roy employs and it matures with age. Velutha, though not covered as heavily as other characters is the protagonist.

A lot of ink is spent on the characterization and imagery and this adds value to the story. This book will transport you effortlessly to Kerala, give you a primer of Communism and expose the pervasive caste system.