This is part of a new series of guides to contemporary novels. The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to some of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential novels of recent years - from ‘The Remains of the Day' to ‘White Teeth'. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question.
A Study Guide for Arundhati Roy's "The God of Small Things," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.
On publication Arundhati Roy's first novel The God of Small Things (1997) rapidly became an international bestseller, winning the Booker Prize and creating a new space for Indian literature and culture within the arts, even as it courted controversy and divided critical opinion. This guide to Roy’s ground-breaking novel offers: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The God of Small Things a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present a selection of new essays and reprinted critical essays by Padmini Mongia, Aijaz Ahmad, Brinda Bose, Anna Clarke, Émilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas and Alex Tickell on The God of Small Things, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The God of Small Things and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Roy's text.
The God Of Small Things, The International Best Seller By Arundhati Roy, Has Raised Numerous Questions. Is It A Piece Of Anti-Communist Propaganda? Does It Distort Social Reality? Is It A Cheap Imitation Of The Western Fashion In Novel? Does It Offer Nothing But Play With Words? The Present Book Examines The Novel Sociologically And Answers All These Questions Well.The Book Also Shows That The Novelist Cares For The Neglected In The Society Like Women, Children And Dalits And Even The Environment. She Conveys Messages So Relevant To Our Society And Our Age.
The God Of Small Things : A Saga Of Lost Dreams Is An Attempt To Make An In-Depth Study Of Arundhati Roy S Epoch Making Novel Which Has Brought Laurels To Her And The Country At Large. To Begin With, An Effort Is Made To Have A Close Look At The Main Theme Of The Novel. This Is Followed By An Analysis Of The Main Characters Who Have Their Own Story To Tell. The Novel Is Also Considered As A Critique Of The Contemporary Society. Essays On The Structure Of The Novel And The Narrative Technique Adopted Follow And The Significance Of The Title Is Also Discussed In A Separate Chapter. The Epilogue Considers The Autobiographical Elements In The Novel. The Title Of The Book Becomes Significant As All The Characters, Both Major And Minor Have Shattered Dreams. Even Ayemenem And Ayemenem House Have Lost Their Old Glory And In A Certain Sense Have Lost Their Dreams. Rev. John Ipe S Father Is The Oldest Member Of The Ayemenem Family Who Makes His Appearance In The Novel. Then We Have John Ipe Himself And His Wife Aleyooty Ammachi Both Disappointed For One Reason Or The Other. Baby Kochamma, Pappachi, Mammachi, Chacko, Margaret Kochamma, Ammu, Estha, Rahel, Sophie Mol, Velutha, Vellya Paapen Have All A Similar Kind Of Existence In The Novel. The Book, It Is Hoped, Will Be Of Immense Help To The Students Who Pursue Research On Roy And, Of Course, To The Academic Community At Large.
Examination Thesis from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, Humboldt-University of Berlin, course: Cross-cultural representations of India, language: English, abstract: In this essay I want to show how globalization and colonialism are phenomenons which cannot be looked at separately when speaking about Indias history and present. Roys book does not only reveal the impact of globalization and colonialism on India and its people but the interconnection between these processes. I will give examples of how globalization and colonialism are linked and how that is shown in Arudhati Roys novel "The God of Small Things" (1997). This is a semi-autobiographical book which includes examples that draw the authors politial beliefs and understanding of how India has been shaped and is still shaped by globalism and colonialist policies. (Roy: "Is globalisation (sic) about the eradication of world poverty or is it a mutant variety of colonialism, remote controlled and digitally operated?" For this I will look at Indias economy, Indias role as an exotic Other and the novels own position within the global market of literature, the Indian Diaspora, examples for othering, self-othering and inbetweennes, at how and why caste and colonialist ideals still have major impacts on the construction of identity in times of globalization. I cannot give a profound analysis of Indias colonial history and position within the context of globalism, but it will provide backround information and an insight into selected issues that have shaped and still shape India and the Indian society. The major aim of this essay is to show that "Indias colonial histories cannot be ignored."