The God of Small Things


The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers such as The New York Times (a "dazzling first novel,"[2] "extraordinary", "at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple"[3]) and the Los Angeles Times ("a novel of poignancy and considerable sweep"[4]), and in Canadian publications such as the Toronto Star ("a lush, magical novel"[5]). By the end of the year, it had become one of the five best books of 1997 by Time.[6] Critical response in the United Kingdom was less positive, and the awarding of the Booker Prize caused controversy; Carmen Callil, a 1996 Booker Prize judge, called the novel "execrable", and The Guardian described the contest as "profoundly depressing".[7] In India, the book was criticised especially for its unrestrained description of sexuality by E. K. Nayanar,[8] then Chief Minister of Roy's home state Kerala, where she had to answer charges of obscenity.[9]

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