Thursday, May 28, 2009

#23 The God of Small Things by Arudhati Roy

In Ayemenem, a small town in India, the rainy season brings more than mud and wild greenery.  It brings Rahel  back to her childhood home. She has come to see Estha, her twin brother.  He has been “re-returned” to Ayemenem after being sent away 25 years ago and has stopped speaking.

The story goes back in time and tells of the tragic events that took Estha’s voice and separated him from Rahel and their mother, the beautiful Ammu, who dared to fall in love with an untouchable. An artful commentary on India’s caste system, in which lies and prejudice spread like wild creepers in June to smother an already fragile family. 

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