This is slightly difficult to read at first. Roy's style is like jazz. Her story is told in fragmented thoughts, like a puzzle without a reference picture. The further you read, the more each cluster of thoughts makes sense, forming a beautiful picture of tragedy, loss of innocence, and the complications of India's caste system.
The God of Small Things
Books | Arundhati Roy
Miller's reimagination of Achilles and his relationship with Patroclus is so beautiful. I cried and thought about the beauty of the devotion and love she portrayed for many days after I finished this book. Centering the story from Patroclus' point of view gives humanity to a story about a revered demi-god.
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Books | Madeline Miller
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