"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy is a powerful and tender book that I recently finished reading about a family in India during the 70's :

While it was sad, it was also touching and human. I loved the literary themes I discovered while reading this gem:
  • The idea of individuality vs. oneness and sameness
  • The thought that family members cause internal familial destruction much more than outside forces; destruction from the inside out
  • Loving someone double, or less vs. unconditional love
  • The destructive power of words said in anger
  • Consequences that ripple to innocents and through generations
  • A mother's need for a personal identity aside from the role as mother
Have you read this or would you like to? If you've already got this one under your belt, what were your thoughts about it?

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