Jul 31, 2015

The God of Small things

“That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”

“If you're happy in a dream, does that count?”

“The way her body existed only where he touched her. The rest of her was smoke.”

“It is after all so easy to shatter a story. To break a chain of thought. To ruin a fragment of a dream being carried around carefully like a piece of porcelain. To let it be, to travel with it, as Velutha did, is much the harder thing to do.”

“It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that is purloined. ”

“Smells, like music, hold memories. She breathed deep, and bottled it up for posterity.”

“Impelled by feelings that were primal yet paradoxically wholly impersonal. Feelings of contempt born of inchoate, unacknowledged fear--civilization's fear of nature, men's fear of women, power's fear of powerlessness. Man's subliminal urge to destroy what he could neither subdue nor deify.”

“He gathered her into the cave of his body."

The God of Small Things does not offer many quotes, but full blown passages. The passages, with exquisite details that make you step into their places and feel their feelings. She doesn't mouth them or word them, she instills those situations in you and lets you feel it.

A poignant, powerful, tragic tale yet leaves you with Love, Hope, Madness, and Infinnate joy.


Vidhya said...

Me too read it just a few months back. Cannot wait to read it again.

Such a twisted book and yet nothing to cringe about. She wrote this book when she was between jobs and generally heading no where. Great things do come out of the worst, hopefully.

Tele Jane said...

I fell upon this Pakistani tv series based on this Novel, by the name of 'Talkhiyan'. Yet, the story can never be depicted as nicely visually ever, I feel so.