“Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.”
Curiosity level: 😺
This is the kind of book that you’ll read from beginning to the end with a permanent ache in your soul 🏳 there’s an unsettled feeling (tragic and sweet) that never stops lingering in Roy’s descriptions from start to end 🙇🏼 you’re perpetually left guessing throughout the novel because her sentences won’t give you clues!
Not written in an obvious chronological manner, you are left with pieces of the puzzles from the present and past to fix together.
From the get go, you will fall for semi protagonists Rahel and Estha, a pair of fraternal twins 👫 who mostly wander about in their innocence and curiosity, trying, like us, to understand how life in this part of the world works. Their mother, Ammu, is their compass. Until outside forces take over and turn everything upside down 🙇🏼🙇🏼 The caste system wields its worst weapons yet and the socioeconomic state of India, in small doses, threatens to overthrow their lives.
This is the book’s big question: Is there room for real friendship or loyal family love in a system where rules stamp its feet like an angry & noisy child, demanding to always be heard?
Complications arise later though, and the ebb and flow of the story’s plot and progression makes it less straightforward, having more to un-package.
Rich in description but also bordering near distraction for me 📚 The inclusion of many other details and longish names sidetrack my focus on the story and several times I got lost 🔍 Overall a hard but bittersweet read. Some characters stay poignantly long after, with me 💛