I want to write about the air we breathe – Arundhati Roy QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I read The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy) on a long plane flight from Bangalore to New York. I loved it. But recently I picked it up again and found I was uninterested. What happened? Well, for one thing I am no longer dazzled by good writing alone – I read to grow, and I enjoy spiritual messages that I can digest and keep. Perhaps this is the answer…however, many might consider AR’s work spiritual, for certainly she is (to me, and I am aware that many disagree) a Spiritual Warrior. It is the rare Indian woman who dares to take on the patriarchy; she could easily have lived out her life peacefully, considering the money she made from her book, but here she is, always fighting her beautiful battles, despite fierce male opposition…..bravo, Arundhati, and may your tribe (esp. in India) increase!!!


plant growing in a crack

Of course, as a novelist, I never want to write about “issues” like “the Indian family.” What I want to write about is the air we breathe. These days, I feel that novels, I don’t know for what reason—maybe because of the speed and the way that books have to be sold—these days, novels are becoming kind of domesticated, you know? They have a title, and a team, and they are branded just like NGOs: you writing on gender, you writing on caste, you writing on whatever. But for me, the fact is that these are not “issues”—this is the air we breathe.

Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things July 17 2017 interview in The Nation

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