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The God of Small Things, Giovanni's Room and Memories of a Geisha Book Reviews

by Mehedi Hasan Shawon 4 months ago in literature
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"The God of Small Things" is a family drama novel written by Indian writer Arundhati Roy. This is Arundhati Roy's first novel. The story of the fraternal childhood of two twins whose lives are ruined by the 'law of love.

That is, who will love and how much will love. Through this book, the author has beautifully presented to us how small things affect people's behavior and their lives.

The book explores the satirical position against racism, which is pervasive in India. It won the Booker Prize in 1997. The book was the author's first novel. Twenty years later, it was the first novel, until the publication of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

The second book was published in 2017. He started writing the first book, The God of Small Things, in 1992, and finished it almost four years later, in 1996.

The feasibility of the first novel was verified by Pankaj Mishra, a successful editor of HarperCollins. He sent it to three publishers. Arundhati Roy was paid five million euros in advance and the book was sold in about 21 countries.

The New York Times named The God of Small Things one of the most dazzling novels. The Los Angeles Times described the novel as "touching and significant."

The book was named one of the best books of the year by a Canadian publication. In 2014, The Telegraph was ranked as one of the 10 greatest Asian novels of all time.

The God of Small Things is one of the 100 most influential novels published by BBC News, the survey was published on 5 November 2019.

Emma Lee-Potter of The Independent also named the novel one of the top 12 Indian novels. The novel deals with various aspects of Indian history and political context. The author opens up a wide range of knowledge about Indian political realities, including humorous narratives.

The novel also examines the historical roots and reveals Gibby's insights into the origins of despair and the desire for liberation from the dark shadows of racism.

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Giovanni's Room Book Review

One of Baldwin's most famous novels in 1856 was "Giovanni's Room". The story of the book is about the life of an American man living in Paris and his feelings and frustrations about his life relationship with other people.

Coincidentally, he met an Italian man at a gay bar The man's name is Giovanni, he is a bartender.

Giovanni's Room is shown through the novel, homosexuality, the presentation of bisexuality, and artistry, which is significant in attracting readers to the story. As a result, a broader concept of homosexuality is exposed to the public.

The narrator of the novel is the protagonist David. She is a blonde American citizen. In many parts of the novel, David struggles with his sexuality and his inner homophobia. His mother died when he was five years old.

Some notable characters:

Hela: David's girlfriend's name is Hela. They met at a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Pres He came from Minneapolis and came to Paris to study painting. He met David with indifference. Throughout the novel, David wants to marry her.

Giovanni: He is an Italian young man. When his girlfriend gave birth to a stillborn child, he left the village. He moved to a gay bar in Guillaume and joined the work as a bartender.

Giovanni is the title character of the book, with whom David develops a romantic relationship. Their story has spread throughout many parts of the book.

Jack: An American old businessman. He was born in Belgium. He spends money on young men, including David. He owns a gay bar in Paris.

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Memories of a Geisha Book Review

A movie version was released in 2005. Memories of a Geisha is a historical memoir written by American author Arthur Golden. It was published in 1997. The story is told from the perspective of a first-person Geisha working in Kyoto, Japan.

After World War II, he moved to New York City. In 1929, Sakamoto Chiyo was nine years old and his sister was sold by his father to work in a recreational area in Kyoto.

They were taken from a coastal fishing village and taken by train to Kyoto. There he met Chio, his aunt, mother, and grandmother Aunty and mother both are strict towards her but aunty is a little kind.

His mother runs the business. A few years later, a kind stranger, known as Chiyo's chairman, gave him money and a handkerchief on the street.

Soon after, Pumpkin prepares to make her debut as a ko and Hatsumomo's "younger sister," where Chiyo is a maid.

Mameha, another famous geisha from Zion, persuades a reluctant mother to reinvest in Cheo's training, Mameha acts as Cheo's mentor and "big sister".


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