DP Daily Prompt – My name is
I don’t often take part in these prompts but this one grabbed my attention as there are only a couple of books who’s opening lines have nailed my eyes to the page and made me want to delve further into its depths. This book and its evocative writing style was one of my reasons to put pen to paper. Here are the opening lines:-
May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. the river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in dust green trees. Jackfruit burst. Dissolute blue-bottle hum vacuosly in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear window panes and die, fatly baffled by the sun. The nights are clear but suffuse with sloth and sullen expectation. Such is the opening paragraph of THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy
Her first and only novel which took 4 years to write and won the booker prize in 1997. The book is about the life of two fraternal twins and how the small things in life affect them and their family. The book is set in India and covers many controversial topics. I love this book. The author’s use of language paints vivid scenes of India and the characters experiences that sometimes overwhelm the senses.