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Title:
The god of small things
Publication Information:
[S.l. : s.n.], 1998.
Physical Description:
10 books in a canvas bag ; 37 x 15 cm. + 1 folder.
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A cloth bag containing ten copies of the title and a folder with miscellaneous notes, discussion questions, biographical information, and reading lists to assist book group discussion leaders.

Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 1997.
Contents:
Paradise pickles & preserves -- Pappachi's moth -- Big man the Laltain, small man the Mombatti -- Abhilash talkies -- God's own country -- Cochin kangaroos -- Wisdom exercise notebooks -- Welcome home, our Sophie Mol -- Mrs. Pillai, Mrs. Eapen, Mrs. Rajagopalan -- River in the boat -- God of small things -- Kochu Thomban -- Pessismist and the optimist -- Work is a struggle -- Crossing -- Few hours later -- Cochin harbor terminus -- History house -- Saving Ammu -- Madras mail -- Cost of living.
Summary:
Estha and Rahel, twin son and daughter of a wealthy family live in the province of Kerala, India. The family's prosperity is derived from a pickle factory and rubber estate, and their wealth estranges them from their country's drift toward Communism, independence, and equality. The events of one December day in 1969--including an accidental death that may have been no accident and the violent consequences that afflict a couple who have broken "the Love Law"--are the moral and narrative center around which the episodes of the novel circle. Shifting backward and forward in time, the author fashions a nexus of personalities that influence the twins' "eerie stealth" and furtive interdependence. These include their beautiful and mysteriously remote mother Ammu; her battling "Mammachi" (who runs the pickle factory) and "Pappachi" (an insufficiently renowned entomologist); their Oxford-educated Marxist Uncle Chacko and their wily "grandaunt" Baby Kochamma; and the volatile laborite "Untouchable" Velutha, whose relationship with the twins' family will prove his undoing.
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