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Released in 1997, The God of Small Things quickly skyrocketed Arundhati Roy to globally critical and popular acclaim. Her first (and to date only) novel won the 1997 Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards at the English-language literary universe. Interestingly, Roy was educated as an architect and had never before considered herself a novelist. The novel, which Roy composed between 1992 and 1996, has sold more than 6 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages.......Read More
Welcome to Thebes, Shmoopers. The population of this town is pretty thickly doomed--when they're not sleeping with their own mothers (lookin' at you, Oedipus) or acting all high and mighty and assuming that their legislation is far better than the gods' (cough, Creon, cough cough), they're burying their brother when devoting their brother is forbidden--c'mon, Antigone; we've been over this. Antigone is the third volume in what is maybe the most messed up Greek tragic trilogy of all time:......Read More
William Faulkner composed his fifth novel, As I Lay Dying, in only six months in 1929--in case you wished to feel bad about the past six months of your lifetime. Sounds easy (and depressing) sufficient, however you need to remember: this is Faulkner. Nothing is straightforward. As I Lay Dying is famed because of its experimental narrative technique, which Faulkner began in his previous novel The Sound and the Fury. In As I Lay Dying, fifteen figures--many of them with the last name......Read More
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