Prompt #13 on the 2019 ATY Reading Challenge is a book from a New York Public Library’s staff picks list. I chose to read The God of Small Things, by Arundati Roy as it was already on my TBR. I chose the audio version of the book narrated by Sneha Mathan.
This story is primarily a retrospective look at the life of Rahel and her twin brother, Estha. Early on in the story it’s revealed that something bad happened in the early lives of Rahel and Estha. But time is slippery, and the story circles around this event, moving back and forth in time.
There is a musical quality to this book that is beautiful. Several words and phrases are repeated throughout, and many passages are chanted recitations of poems and songs. I listened to this on audio, so this aspect of the book really stood out in a good way.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. The slipperiness of the time stream made it sometimes difficult for me to follow what was going on. I didn’t always feel grounded in the story. But the action always circled back to that single, formative event giving a sort of inevitability to the story.