Daily Archives: March 6, 2013

An Ordinary Person’s Guide…

There are precious few authors who fall into the category of life-changing. Arundhati Roy should be in that class. Her work is a process of beautiful discovery. She is an acclaimed author, and rightly so.


Her amazing fictional work, The God of Small Things, is widely noted for being brilliant. It is. It even won the Booker prize.  Read it.


What I want to get you hip to, dear Eleventh Stack blog reader, is her short volume of essays, articles and talks called An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire.

This book may seem slightly dated in that it deals with the lead up to and beginning of the Iraq war, but the concepts that Roy deals with are not limited to any specific time or place. Her discussion of political situations in India is as riveting and important as her discussion and critique of the US and the UK. Her wit is sharp. Her style is terse, but highly readable. She can at once be harsh, yet approachable and informative.

It may seem hyperbolic, but I honestly believe that everyone should read this book. Why? If you’ve ever found yourself asking “why do so many people in the world feel the way that they do about the United States?” this book will give you some perspective on the matter.



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