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The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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Summary from Goodreads:

"They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much."

The year is 1969. In the state of Kerala, on the southernmost tip of India, fraternal twins Esthappen and Rahel fashion a childhood for themselves in the shade of the wreck that is their family. Their lonely, lovely mother, Ammu, (who loves by night the man her children love by day), fled an abusive marriage to live with their blind grandmother, Mammachi (who plays Handel on her violin), their beloved uncle Chacko (Rhodes scholar, pickle baron, radical Marxist, bottom-pincher), and their enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grandaunt). When Chacko's English ex-wife brings their daughter for a Christmas visit, the twins learn that things can change in a day, that lives can twist into new, ugly shapes, even cease forever, beside their river...

The first thing that caught my attention about The God of Small Things i…

What have you GoT on your playlist?

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I have been having trouble coming up with book reviews lately, nothing beyond a measly 5-7 sentence containing words like I like it, I wasn't into it, it was great, It was slow. Nothing of substance is coming out of my brain. It has lately been harboring too many songs though, as a result of our High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby) discussion. And I have taken to Spotify-ing and YouTube-ing more often than usual. And the thing with these two, is that it brings up suggestions, recommendations, based on those you have been listening to. You click one and a bazillion other music videos pop up for you to consider. It is endless. It is sinister. So what am I leading to? Today also marks the start of HBO's Game of Thrones Season 5. Music plus GoT? Why not?

Also credit needs to be given to Meliza of Mecanism for perpetuating the idea of a Game of Thrones inspired post. Check out hers HERE.

Okay so, after doing an introduction that seems to be as long as The Long Night that descended upon t…

April Required Reading: 2015

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March 2015 Required Reading Report:

1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - (5/5 Stars) Beautiful prose that evokes sadness and viciousness and youthfulness and innocence and more.

2. Van Gogh by Pascal Bonafoux - (4/5 Stars) Tackles both the art and the artist with passion and ardor.

3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - (4/5 Stars) Funny and honest and captures how crippling mental illness can be. 

April 2015 Required Reading:

 1. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby - TFG's book of the month. Very hipster. Haha. But loads of fun. (And I get to brush up on my British slang! Bollocks! Rubbish! Wanker! Shag! Arse!)
2. The Whispering Muse by Sjon, Translated by Victoria Cribb - This book is endorsed by my crush, David Mitchell and discovered via Bennard of The Book Hooligan. (BR Task 19: A book that was originally published in another language)


3. Mythology Class by Arnold Arre - A Christmas present (with a scheduled buddy read) from Meliza of Mecanism! (BR Task 20: A graphic n…