Nadifa Mohamed on The God of Small Things
Nadifa Mohamed, author of The Fortune Men, recalls how she was transported to Kerala while reading Arundhati Roy’s 1997 winning novel, The God of Small Things
Arundhati Roy’s poetic debut novel tells the story of twins Estha and Rahel, and the shocking consequences of a pivotal event in their young lives.
Set in Kerala in the 1960s, the novel paints a vivid picture of life in a rural Indian town, the thoughts and feelings of the two small children, and the complexity and hypocrisy of the adults in their world. It is also a poignant lesson in the destructive power of the caste system and moral and political bigotry in general.