About the BookThe God of Small Things : A Saga of Lost Dreams is an attempt to make an in-depth study of Arundhati Roy’s epoch making novel which has brought laurels to her and the country at large. To begin with, an effort is made to have a close look at the main theme of the novel. This is followed by an analysis of the main characters who have their own story to tell. The novel is also considered as a critique of the contemporary society. Essays on the structure of the novel and the narrative technique adopted follow and the significance of the title is also discussed in a separate chapter. The Epilogue considers the autobiographical elements in the novel.
The title of the book becomes significant as all the characters, both major and minor have shattered dreams. Even Ayemenem and Ayemenem house have lost their old glory and in a certain sense have lost their dreams. Rev. John Ipe’s father is the oldest member of the Ayemenem family who makes his appearance in the novel. Then we have John Ipe himself and his wife Aleyooty Ammachi both disappointed for one reason or the other. Baby Kochamma, Pappachi, Mammachi, Chacko, Margaret Kochamma, Ammu, Estha, Rahel, Sophie Mol, Velutha, Vellya Paapen have all a similar kind of existence in the novel.
The book, it is hoped, will be of immense help to the students who pursue research on Roy and, of course, to the academic community at large.About the Author/sK.V. Surendran is at present working in the Department of English, Government Brennen College, Thalassery, Kerala. He had also worked in the Department of English, Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Kannur University, Thalassery Campus. He did his M.A. at Calicut University and Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching of English, M.Litt. and Ph.D. at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. His area of research was Chomskyan Linguistics. He has attended a number of seminars and workshops, National and International. He has contributed research papers both in linguistics and literature in reputed journals and other publications. At present he is concentrating more on Indian Literature in English. Indian Women Writers : Critical Perspectives which he co-edited with Jayadipsinh Dodiya has come out recently. Two of his forthcoming volumes are Indian Writing : Critical Perspectives and New Perspectives on Indian and Western Fiction.