Obtaining a copy of The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and writing a 3000-word essay about it is one of the most difficult side missions in Identity Crisis, but doing so is the only way to gain a passing grade in your university’s Postcolonial Fictions class, and thus attain 100% game completion. Please note that this mission must be completed BEFORE the raid on the nuclear facility, as [SPOILER] the Martian government will bomb the university’s humanities building in direct retaliation [END SPOILER].
The first step is to purchase the book. Run from the classroom to the university book store. There are piles of wooden crates blocking many of the hallways and doorways, so use your grappling hook to enter the ventilation shaft above the English department staff room, and switch on your odour detector to follow the smell of new books all the way to the vent above the book store entrance.
Once inside the store, you need to locate the book. Check the dossier and you will see that the author of The God of Small Things is named Arundhati Roy and that the events described in the book did not actually take place, meaning you will need to look for it in the fiction aisles under “R” (for “Roy”). When you reach this location you will find that there are no copies of the book on the shelf. Turn to your left and you will see a bookseller standing nearby. Ask him where the book is and he will refuse to tell you, so now it’s time for a fight. His punches are quite fast, so press the block button as soon as you see him raise his fist behind his head, then kick him before he recovers from the block. After a few kicks he will go down, tell you that the book can be found in the basement, and give you the basement key.
A note carved into the wall next to the basement door explains that books in the basement are arranged not by author name, but by nationality. Check your dossier again, and you will see that Arundhati Roy was born in India, so search for the book under “I”. It’s there, but the shelf is too high up for you to reach, and your grappling hook does not work underground. Find the wooden crates stacked up against the wall nearby and move them one at a time so that they are positioned in front of the bookshelf in a staircase formation. Some of the crates will be full of venomous spiders that will scuttle out onto the floor as soon as the crate is disturbed. Shoot them all with your pistol before any of them can bite you. If you get bitten too many times you will faint and wake up in hospital. If this happens, just steal one of the cars parked outside and drive back to the university. You won’t have to fight the bookseller again, but you will have to re-stack all the crates.
Once the crates are stacked high enough for you to reach “The God of Small Things”, walk to the top of the crate stack. Now you must remove the book from the shelf, a task made more difficult by a sudden recurrence of your sporadic vertigo. Use the left control stick to reach carefully for the book while using the right control stick to keep yourself from looking too far up or too far down. Otherwise you will fall from the crate stack, knock your head and wake up in hospital (see above).
Leave the basement with the book. Try to exit the store, and the bookseller, still nursing his wounds from the fight, will tell you that you can’t leave without paying for the book. Enter item viewing mode with the book, rotate it horizontally and zoom in on the bottom right corner to see that the price tag reads $17.50. Now switch to your wallet and open it up. If you try to use your credit card you will find that it doesn’t work indoors. You will need to combine the notes and coins in your wallet to reach the required value. If you’re completely stumped you can just use the $20 note, but to achieve an S-rank on this mission you must provide the exact amount. The easiest solution is to use the $10 note, the $5 note, the $2 note and two quarters. (Note: this solution only works in the American version of Identity Crisis. For people in other countries, please refer to my other guide, “Purchasing The God of Small Things from the University Book Store Using Non-American Currency”, last updated in November 2013 to include the ringgit, the new shekel, and the Rwandan franc.)
Steal one of the cars outside the book store and drive it home, disposing of the pursuing book store goons in the usual fashion (ram them off the road, shoot out their tyres etc). Once inside your home, collect your paper, pencil and highlighter pen from on top of the wardrobe in your bedroom (this is a more challenging redux of the book retrieval section from the previous area; the wooden crates are located in the ensuite, and the spiders now take two shots each to kill).
Now comes the task of reading and analysing The God of Small Things and writing the essay about it. If you have already completed the abseiling mission and remembered to grab Aida Balvannanadhan’s analysis of the novel from the bird’s nest you will be able to quote from it a few times but you can still obtain an S-rank without it. Firstly, read the novel. Its story is not told in a linear fashion, but temporally distant events that hold thematic resonance are often placed in close narrative proximity, so I suggest you start at page 1 as the author intended. Pages are presented in pairs, one on the left and one on the right. When you have finished a page on the left, use the right control stick to move your eyes to the page on the right; when you finish this page, use the left control stick to move your hand to the bottom-right corner, press X to grab, and pull the corner of the page all the way to the left. Sounds complicated but you should be able to get into a rhythm before too long. It should take an estimated 8 to 12 hours to finish the novel.
Next comes the analysis of the text. Turn to page 298, then select the highlighter pen and use it to highlight the paragraph beginning “Father Mulligan’s death did not alter the text of the entries in Baby Kochamma’s diary” and the paragraph following. From the menu that appears, select Draw Comparison, then select Chapter 21: The Cost of Living. There are other solutions, but I prefer this one, as it shows women of two generations of the same family, one spending stolen moments with her lover well outside the constraints of her daily life and the social conventions of her culture, the other at last feeling as though she is in possession of the object of her affections, now that he has passed away and thus belongs to no other; it also shaves precious seconds off your mission completion time and lends itself well to speedruns. A cutscene will follow in which your character completes the essay, submits it, and graduates with honours from university. Neutralise the four poison gas canisters in the graduation hall (behind the podium, beneath the rightmost seat in the fifth row, inside the middle C of the pipe organ, and under the vice-chancellor’s gown) and the mission will be complete!