The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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What is the overall mood and atmosphere of The God of Small Things?

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One of the key aspects of this novel is its narrative structure and the way that Roy presents the reader with two characters who are tortured by an event in the past, and their complicity in that event. Her genius lies in delaying the revealing of that event until the end of the novel. However, even though the reader only finds out what happened at the end, the mood of turmoil and haunting sadness that dominates the text is evident from the opening page. Note the description that describes...

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