First of all I want to tell you, I was not about to review this book, but some of my friends and followers asked me to. So as per their wish specially my friend Priha noor, here we go.
Honestly, I wanted to be in love this book, but it was so terrible at some points. This book is one of the important novels, the ones that get talked over and over about how essential they are for reading. But I just didn’t enjoy it very much. However, I honestly don’t know if I didn’t like it because it was not as good as I expected or if I just didn’t get it because it was so complicated. I couldn’t follow a thing, the timeline was disjointed, often skipping ahead followed by flashbacks, so I felt disoriented and dissatisfied much of the time.
The book talks about the political climate of Kerala, India in ’60s where there was a rise of communism and the caste system was banned by law, but socially it was still prevalent as the oppressive system was somehow so embedded in people’s mind that it was impossible to get rid of the prejudice that people felt. This mentality made innocent people born in different castes into victims of their own fate.
The story is about the twins Estha and Rahel who are growing up in a small town Ayemenem Kerala, India. Their uncle Chacko has a daughter, Sophie, who lives in England with his ex-wife Margaret. Chacko invites his daughter Sophie and his ex-wife Margaret to India after the death of Margaret’s current husband Joe. Sophie, a bright kid becomes the centre of attraction in the family. One day, Sophie is found dead in a river. This becomes the major turning point in the lives of all the characters (this book has so many characters and everyone has their background story). The circumstances that led to the death of Sophie and how it turned the lives of the twins upside-down. The book is narrated by third person, but majority of the story is seen through the eyes of the twins.
If our fate is sealed Where will it be, God? Where to be found? In our hearts, In our mind, Or in the horoscopes? Or maybe in the poems, Those I write? In our soul, In our beliefs, Or in the cities Those are still to be found? Help us God, Encourage us to be on the right path Even if fate is sealed and hidden. Guide us, Indicate us, Push us towards The journey of honorable humans.