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[Saturday Reads| #LitWorld2018GB] Six Things I Found Beautiful In Arundhati Roy’s “The God Of Small Things”

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Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

I read Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things as part of the postal book club #1001BookSwap #SEAReaders (Southeast Asian Readers). There are four of us in this book club – two from Singapore and two from Malaysia.

The God Of Small Things

Written by Arundhati Roy
Published by Fourth Estate (2009, first published 1997)
ISBN: 0007880332 (ISBN13: 9780007880331) Literary Award: Man Booker Prize (1997)
Book was part of the #1001BookSwap – postal book club. Book quotes edited using Typorama.

I wouldn’t even attempt to review this exquisite novel, so I will just be sharing what I have written in the reading journal that was passed around among the four members of the book club, particularly the six things I loved about Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things, and intersperse these ruminations with some of my favourite quotes from the book.

(1) The poetry in the language, the spaces in between words inviting the reader in, to smell the mangoes, taste the preserves, touch the untouchable.


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

2 comments on “[Saturday Reads| #LitWorld2018GB] Six Things I Found Beautiful In Arundhati Roy’s “The God Of Small Things”

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