A Fine Balance

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by Rohinton Mistry

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 14/10/2006

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In mid-1970s urban India - a chaos of wretchedness on the streets and slogans in the offices - a chain of circumstances tosses four varied individuals together in one small flat. Stubbornly independent Dina, widowed early, takes in Maneck, the college-aged son of a more prosperous childhood friend and, more reluctantly, Ishvar and Om, uncle and nephew tailors fleeing low-caste origins and astonishing hardships. The reader first learns the characters' separate, compelling histories of brief joys and abiding sorrows, then watches as barriers of class, suspicion, and politeness are gradually dissolved. Even more affecting than Mistry's depictions of squalor and grotesque injustice is his study of friendships emerging unexpectedly, naturally. The novel's coda is cruel and heart-wrenching but deeply honest.
ISBN:
9780571230587
9780571230587
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
14-10-2006
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
624
Dimensions (mm):
198x126x37mm
Weight:
0.47kg

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  • Fine Balance

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    If you don't read any other books after this make this your last! Nothing comes close to this beautifully written and emotionally told story of India and some people living through the history of the country. It's tragic - more tragic than you could ever imagine but it is true in every sense and so expertly written it changed the way I thought of books and the written word and how very powerful they can be. Read this!

  • Definite Must Read!

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    I didn't want to read this book, but it was my Bookclub's choice - I am so glad I did, it's incredible and an absolute masterpiece. I love a book that opens my eyes to a world and life I could never have imagined and Rohinton Mistrey does exactly that....Amazing.

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