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The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things: A Novel | Arundhati Roy
The international publishing sensation of 1997 -- translated into 18 languages -- a magical, sophisticated tour de force.The God of Small Things heralds a voice so powerful and original that it burns itself into the reader's memory. Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, it is the story of Rahel and her twin brother Estha, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day, that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invincible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. Sweet and heartbreaking, ribald and profound, this is a novel to set beside those of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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Adil_khan
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It's a story of love, casteism, childhood, Marxism and more. There are two twin protagonists in it. A masterpiece exceptional in every way. #thegodofsmallthings #arundhatiroy

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RaeLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

This was a disjointed Picasso picture of a novel, exploring issues of culture and caste through a multi generational family history.

I found it equal parts devastating and frustrating.

The plot jumps around all over the place, the language is flowery and repetitive and it takes a while for anything to happen.

It's also haunting and moving, with believable characters and cleverly unfolding spirals of plot.

I'm on the fence.

⭐⭐⭐

rockpools Fantastic review though! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @rockpools Thank you! 😊😁 3mo
Ruthiella I also didn‘t love this. 300 pages of heavy foreshadowing and flowery, repetitive writing. It makes me want to steer clear of her more recent, much longer novel 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Ruthiella A lady in a coffee shop I was reading this in (who LOVED❤ TGOST) suggested I steer clear of her newer book if I was underwhelmed by TGOST. I thought it was good, but there were things about it that I really disliked. I may still try TMOUH though... 3mo
Kitta Interesting you‘re on the fence because I loved this! I love flowery writing though 😂 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Kitta Glad you enjoyed it. There were certainly things I admired about it, but I had gripes too! 🙃 3mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @klou
Prompt: The Namesake

Klou Perfect! 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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So far this book is verrrrrry exposition-ey. There is no immediacy to the story, it is all background and description... I am hoping it gets better.

(Also, check out my new teapot 🥰🥰🥰 )

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Your teapot is GORGEOUS! ❤️😱❤️ 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thank you! 😊💕 It's Sara Miller (Chelsea collection) if you want one! 😁 3mo
ravenlee I love your teapot and your cup! 3mo
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wanderinglynn Love your tea pot! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVE your teapot 🫖 3mo
Bookwomble Nice teapot 🫖👌 3mo
BarbaraBB Love the teapot and the book too! 3mo
Vansa This is one of my favourite books,and captures India and the caste system extremely well. It needs to give all that background-its obvious to people living in India( and even not so much to everyone) but she has to set the tone and place .Also it's meant to be a book about Indian attitudes towards women,labour,privilege and how those contribute to causing the events in the book!Apologies for booksplaining if it comes across as that! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Vansa No problem, I'm glad you love it! It's starting to pick up now, but I'm still conflicted... I don't really click with the way it's written, but there are things I admire about it too. Will reserve judgement until I review it 😊 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wish I loved tea 🫖 3mo
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Tripex

Started over two months ago, almost halfway through, lol. I'm the king of Slow haha😊.

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zezeki
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
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Bailedbailed

It's been a while since I've bailed on a book, but I just can't get into this one. I don't think it's bad, I simply just can't. And I did feel guilty at first bailing on it, because I so rarely bail on books, but it also felt good when I finally did it and just admit to myself I'm simply not vibing with this one at the moment. 🤷🏻‍♀️📚

Ruthiella I didn‘t like this book at all. Not my kind of writing. 6mo
IuliaC I felt the same. I've tried this author too, it is just not for me 6mo
zezeki @Ruthiella @IuliaC good to know I'm not the only one. 😄 6mo
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Tripex
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Started about a month ago lol. I go slow lol.

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zezeki
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#libraryhaul from Friday! The top one is Ferrante, third book in Neapolitan novels, then The Life of Elves by Muriel Barberry. I've read The Elegance of the Hedgehog years ago and loved it immensely, so when I saw this one I picked it up immediately without even reading the blurb. And the one on the bottom is the tagged one. 📚📚📚

IuliaC Great titles! 7mo
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Tripex

It seems I'm kinda liking Ammu. She's sort of feisty, lol.

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Tripex

Enjoying every word of the novel. To think I DNFed this once, smh.

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vivastory
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What do you think of this list? I think it's an interesting one. Of course I wish there was a Laurence novel on here & I think it would have been wonderful if they had added Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader. Omissions are inevitable & I think that they mostly got it right. Several are still on my TBR (including the tagged volume):
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/apr/18/the-god-of-small-things-to-shuggie...

Hooked_on_books Overall, I think it‘s a good list. Leaving Tolkien off is quite a surprise, given how influential he‘s been. Interesting that the article mentions Rowling‘s transphobia but doesn‘t mention Derek Walcott‘s serial sexual misconduct and misogyny, which clearly didn‘t keep him off the list. Yet another example of women held to higher standards? 7mo
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books interesting observation. I don‘t know about Walcott‘s issues. (But Omeros is special). @vivastory over the first 50 years I read 7. Over the last 20, 10 (and i at least have heard of most of them). It feels like an odd list, also not a list of the most-popular books. I noticed Moon Tiger, the golden Booker book, is not on the list. 7mo
Megabooks I am getting The Stone Angel in my next BD order. Saw you mentioned Laurence. (edited) 7mo
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Sapphire Thanks for posting this! 7mo
vivastory @Graywacke I have not read Moon Tiger. I really need to, if I recall correctly didn't The English Patient win Golden Booker? That's another one on my TBR. I read, & loved, the prequel earlier this year. So many books, so little time... 7mo
vivastory @Megabooks I wish I could experience the Manawaka series all over again. The buddy read I did of the series, one per month, remains a Litsy highlight. Feel free to tag me when you read it if you want to discuss it 🙂 7mo
vivastory @Sapphire A lot of great books on the list 📚📚📚 7mo
Sapphire @vivastory The Bone People is a title that has resonated with me for years. I am glad to see it on the list. I will check out the Marawaka series. The books on this list that I have read, do indeed stick me in the time frame I read them. 7mo
Texreader @Hooked_on_books Isn‘t that interesting about Walcott versus Rowling! And I think leaving off Tolkien is criminal. For that reason alone I am avoiding the list altogether. 7mo
vivastory @Sapphire I have Bone People on my TBR. It's one I have been meaning to get to for a few years now. I've heard great things about it. If you do read Laurence I do recommend reading them in order. Although it's not an ongoing narrative & each book is contained, the books have references to characters from previous entries & I think it's a richer experience. 7mo
LeahBergen It IS an interesting list but there are some surprising omissions, I think. 🤔 7mo
rwmg If you want Tolkein or JK Rowling on the list, who are you going to take off from the decade concerned while still preserving the balance between the UK and the Commonwealth? 7mo
batsy It's an intriguing list and I'm glad to see The Lonely Londoners there. But I do think it's an injustice that there's no Laurence! (and while I enjoyed The Night Tiger, I don't think it's a particularly notable book as such to be on this list...) 7mo
Graywacke @vivastory yes, you‘re right. Sorry. The English Patient won the Golden Booker. I have an unread copy around here somewhere. 7mo
Branwen Wow! This is such an interesting list! 7mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I agree👍 7mo
vivastory @rwmg I do think it's a bit of an exercise in futility, but still an interesting one 7mo
vivastory @batsy Lonely Londoners is one of the books on my TBR. I ordered it immediately after listening to the Blacklisted episode. 7mo
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Tripex

Reading, learning India.

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ponyflorist
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Pickpick

It's all about the decadent prose.. 🙂 dank, dark, and dramatic..

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Vansa
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@Readergrrl #ProfessionalBooknerdSChallenge #Day6 CLockwise from top-left:
Absolutely heartbreaking and harrowing story of lives torn apart by war.
Incredibly powerful account of the last days of Trujillo.
Lovely moving account of the immediate aftermath of the Russian revolution.Very autobiographical.
Sons in search of lost fathers,and childhood.
Made me cry when I was 9!
Visceral,always relevant account of caste in India.And a tragic love story.

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EmmaMae
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A story woven together in pieces and moments throughout the book. Well told and compelling. #bookclubreads

LindaLappin the structuring of time & the ending of this book are absolutely brilliant 9mo
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CuriousG
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I have so many good books I could dig into right now (thank you everyone for the great gifts/swaps!!), but I feel this is the one for me right now. My cousin gave it to me in the summer and I never quite got to it. She passed from cancer a few weeks ago and we are all heartbroken. This might break me to read it now, but I feel like I need to be broken. Not even sure that makes sense.

BkClubCare Yes, it makes sense; so sorry for your loss. I hope reading this book is a meaningful experience. 11mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m sorry your cousin lost her battle with cancer. This is a beautiful book and it will definitely break you. Feel those feelings, I say! 💙 11mo
CuriousG @PaperbackPirate thank you. As her husband said, cancer didn't win. It wasn't able to take her joy, love or faith. 💙 11mo
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PaperbackPirate @CuriousG She sounds amazing. 💙 11mo
MrsMalaprop Oh that‘s so sad. This is a wonderful book. 11mo
CuriousG @MrsMalaprop It was a devastatingly beautiful book. I needed a good cry and it delivered for me. 11mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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The way that Roy tells a story is like looking at a elaborate tapestry; you recognize a new, incredible detail every time you look at it. This novel unfolds exquisitely; each layer deepening the experience of trauma, tradition, family obligation, and how the small moments of life lead to big ones every time. Roy‘s use of language, perspective, and sense of place to tell this story is so special, and her writing style is poetic and innovative. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #bookspin book for July (I‘m a little behind. Haha.). 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! No worries on being behind, you have until the end of the year to get them checked off!! 😂 1y
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks Thank goodness! 😅 1y
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ju.ca.no
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Finally starting this book that lovely @Tanisha_A gave to me more than three years ago! (Where did time go??) I‘m only a few pages in, but so far I‘m very much intrigued ♥️

Tanisha_A Aw! Such a sweet post. I hope you enjoy reading this one. 💚 2y
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nathandrake1997
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It's been hours since I finished Arundhati Roy's Booker Prize winning masterpiece but my mind is still in Ayemenem, from the exquisitely sketched characters to the exquisitely fleshed out atmosphere to the exquisite prose used in doing all the aforementioned exquisite things, this book was exquisite in a manner that I can use the word exquisite to fill out a few pages, but alas the word limit....

nathandrake1997 ....Also, this book has the greatest opening paragraph I have read till date! 2y
Suet624 I should read this book again. Read it when it first came out and absolutely loved it. 2y
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 This book was easily one of my favourite Booker Prize winners to date! The prose is some of the finest I have ever read! 2y
Suet624 I‘m so glad you feel the same way I did after reading it. I couldn‘t stop thinking of it. 2y
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KatCaldwell
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Description was so incredible. And the story was so unique. Absolutely loved it.

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Outofcontroltbr
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This book was interesting. Not something I‘d normally pick up but very well written and a bit heart wrenching.

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Martta
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Mehso-so

It's been awhile since I last read a book from India. I really did enjoy this! I loved the characters and the story setting. Only thing I didn't really enjoy was that the stronger plotline started quite late in the book so that is why I decided to give it only so-so.

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anushareflects
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This was a lovely read, extremely descriptive, poetic writing that evoked many emotions in me, and made me love and hate the characters in it. Arundhati Roy definitely deserved the acclaim she received on this one. Full review will be up soon on my blog, theyellowparasol.com

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Peaslady
Bailedbailed

Hmmmm, had this on my 'favourites' shelf since reading when I was a lot younger. Chose it to reread as part of a book club and ended up bailing and changing my choice. Not sure if I didn't give it enough of a chance or if my tastes have changed a lot over the years. Perhaps something I need to try and pick up again at some point when life is less hectic.

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anushareflects
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It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined.

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Arvena
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
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#indianindependenceday
1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
2. Just a couple of books...
3. I have. I am afraid, I am not very fond of it
@Blackink_WhitePaper

Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐😊 2y
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Beatlefan129
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
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1. Tagged
2. I also read Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
3. Yes, I love Indian food!

#indianindependenceday

Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐🥰 2y
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anu605
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
Mehso-so

Not gripping

Nagasai You should give it another chance after sometime. That's one of my favorites. 2y
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Tanisha_A
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Hi @BarbaraBB ! Congratulations on your 3 year Litsyversary. This is a super fun idea of a giveaway! 🥳 Thankee!

I read this book when i was 16, which i think was too young an age to understand this multifaceted, complex story. Don't remember much now, which tells me that i should re-read it. Set in Kerala in India, it's a tale of forbidden love, family, childhood bonds, hope. #thinklocalgiveaway

BarbaraBB I loved this one so much when I read it! But that was a long long time ago too! Thanks for entering, I didn‘t know you live in India! 💚 2y
Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB 💙 I have got to read more Indian novels. 😶 2y
Rissreads This is one of my top all time favourite books! I loved it!!!!! 🧡 2y
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Vijay_krishna
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The way she wrote this book is so different from the books I read earlier. This book has got a separate style and language to it. This book describes the life of two twins in Kerala, India. They say Kerala as God's own country. But, what we see in this book is a lot different. The characters, the story and the situations are totally believable and are very natural.

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erinachu
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This book won the Booker prize. It is also my #doublespin ! Only 18 left for this month lol

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erinachu
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So beautiful and so very sad 😭❤ I have no words
⭐⭐⭐

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GatheringBooks
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erinachu
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Book report and weekly forecast!
🎧 Zodiac (not pictured) - finished and very bad... #bookspin
🎧 The God of Small Things - 57% completed #doublespin
🎧 10% Happier - up next! Waiting for Midnight at Chernobyl to be available so I have to push this one up on my #bookspinbonanza

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Nagasai
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Mockumentary on a tragedy.

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hissingpotatoes
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Bailedbailed

1/5⭐ The very distancing character-hopping 3rd person narration, timeline incoherence, and lack of any character development in favor of just stating things that happened (supposedly for some theme or other) are not for me.

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Mtroiano
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It‘s raining all day today so we‘re having some rec time in the garage.

Social distancing day 10

canbku loooved this book 3y
Mtroiano I‘m really enjoying it too! @canbku 3y
Butterfinger I love how you make your posts like a diary. 3y
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Mtroiano
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I didn‘t get nearly the time I was hoping for but I did spend a lot of good quality time with my fam. We played outside, finished a puzzle, and took lots of walks around the neighborhood #stayhome24in48

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Mtroiano
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I love when one book I‘m reading references another that I‘m also currently reading 📚#shakespearereadalong

WomanistBibliophile Oh I love that too! 3y
Graywacke Cool 3y
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Mtroiano
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Up next!

BiblioLitten Would love to know your thoughts on it. 😊 3y
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Sushi111
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“...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don‘t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don‘t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover‘s skin.”
Beautifully written. Must read!

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Sushi111
God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy

“If you're happy in a dream, does that?”

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Hestapleton
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A challenging but important book. The descriptions are gorgeous and the themes of family and love (and their complications) are both beautiful and uncomfortable, as they are supposed to be. A book to sit with.
#wintergames #tbrread #teamfozziwig

BarkingMadRead 🌸🌸🌸 3y
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AkashPhoenix
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The author's uninhabited ancestral property!

Masterpiece! Most importantly knowing it's a semi-autobiography of the author. It's a journey of 2 ill fated siblings and the hardships they face at an early stage of life which leaves them with a mark for life. Strangely, the author will never let u forget anything of the storyline as she repeats a lot of facts. The air of mystery and disjointed storyline in this novel is undoubtedly the USP.

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AkashPhoenix
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Moments like these the twins treasured, and threaded like precious beads, on a (somewhat scanty) necklace.

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GatheringBooks
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scripturient Hey Myra, Just typed the tracking number into Emirates Post tracking and finally got a match. Up till yesterday kt only said no info. The package arrived in Dubai today so it should be with you shortly. 😅 Don‘t know which detour it took but it looks like all will be well. ☺️ 3y
GatheringBooks @scripturient crossing my fingers the books will be here soon! 💕🤞🏼🧚🏼‍♀️📚 3y
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shawnmooney
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Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ... soft angles (edited) 3y
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bromeliad
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Yay congrats again @GrilledCheeseSamurai !!! #SixDigitSamurai is running til Oct 1 and involves being sent books from your TBR, so don't miss out Littens! @Lana1 is one of my newer followers who is also newish to Litsy...hello! 👋🏻 Favorite read of 2019 is tagged. This book is incredibly well written, and Roy has somehow almost created a new dialect of English in the language of the narrative...it's unlike anything I've read before. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

bromeliad Litsy for me has been a rare opportunity to bond with an entire community...I'm not usually one to feel like I fit in. It has been a joy and a balm. 🥰 3y
SamanthaMarie I love what you said about Litsy. It is true, it feels like we all "belong" here. ♡♡♡ 3y
GrilledCheeseSamurai YAY! Thanks for playing along. :) 3y
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shawnmooney
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Tanisha_A After seeing your posts, I feel like re-reading this book. 3y
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shawnmooney
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sisilia Chacko is my hero 3y
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