The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Let me start off by saying that this book is weird. It is not linear in any respect.
This book’s story is arranged like a spider web. At the beginning we learn that we have hit a web – we learn about the funeral of a child. Then we crawl deeper into what could’ve happened. We learn all about the lives of minor characters, characters along the outside of the protagonists’ lives. As we move in we hear the lives of those closer to the death of Sophie Mol.
This is not a tragedy about the girl’s death. This is the tragedy about how a small girl’s death affected the lives of every person around her. How everyone has dealt with the consequences.
Thoughts after finishing:
Woah. This book carries so much more emotional weight than expected. I’m a person who has never really known anything about India’s castes (except that they have them). This book did not actually explain any of it (hello Wikipedia!), but it gave you the stark reality of what they are. One of those books that leaves you just a little bit traumatized. However, I understand why it is on the must-read list I follow, and do feel that it was important for me to read.