English Studies Site

The God of Small Things


by Arundhati Roy

The spiralling narrative structure disturbs the chronology of events, events which concern love, caste and social status as well as time and the ways memories affect human behaviour. This moving and vibrant novel won the Booker Prize in 1997.

For your study of the novel, you may find this file of notes and references helpful. It picks out some of the key moments and recurring themes and issues, with page and chapter references. You can download the file (Excel format) and add your own references.
This page contains students' short pieces of writing about the issue of Time in the novel.
This page contains students' short pieces of writing about the issue of Caste in the novel.

Links to sites relevant to The God of Small Things:

This study guide site isn't enormously valuable, but does explain and give links to further information on aspects of Indian culture which are referred to in the novel.
This unofficial site on Roy has interesting material on her political views, and contains some of the author's comments on aspects of The God of Small Things.
An interesting review of the novel.
A useful essay on the caste issues in the novel.
An essay from the same site as the one above which explores the implications of divorce in Indian culture.
This takes you directly to the Indian and South Asian section of the Post Colonial Web.
A good section on British Colonial history in India can be found of the Victorian Web.