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Rohinton Mistry

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Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay in 1952 and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He began writing stories in 1983 while a student at the University of Toronto. His books recount everyday life in India. Titles include Tales From Firozsha Baag, a collection of short stories, and A Fine Balance, a novel. visa mer Mistry's first novel, Such a Long Journey, received several awards, including the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and for the Trillium Award. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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A Fine Balance Group Read: July 2013 i 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (augusti 2013)


The characters are lovable and the writing superb! I found the latter part of the narrative felt rushed and I never had a clear sense of where things were going. I listened to it via Audible and the narration was perfect.
jcoleman3307 | 250 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
This was a reread. I first read it at about the time of its publication in 1995, and have always remembered it as one of my favorite books ever. I wanted to see if it still held up after all these years.

iI won't keep you in suspense: I still love this book, although on this reread I noticed more than a few blatant coincidences that should have bothered me, but didn't. It is an epic tale of India during the 1970's. It is set primarily in Mumbai during the so-called "Emergency" when Indira Ghandi's government imposed a series of harsh and repressive measures, and there was much unrest and violence. Along the way we experience many of the horrifying events in India: the Partition, the violence against Muslims, the violence against the untouchables, beggars, the massive slums, forced sterilization, con men, thugs, official corruption, and much, much more.

Two tailors, Ishvar and Om, uncle and nephew, of the untouchable caste, have come to Mumbai from their small village to make their fortune. Although Ishvar and his brother Narayan trained as tailors in order to escape their caste, they were still violently abused in their small village, which led to the death of Narayan. Ishvar brings Narayan's son Om to the city to overcome that past.

In the city, they obtain work producing garments with Dina, a widow desperately trying to maintain her independence. They also develop a friendship with Dina's young boarder, a student. Through these four marvelous characters we come to view the panorama of Indian life. Of vastly different backgrounds, and initially suspicious of each other, over time, the four form a family of sorts.

One of the things I remembered from my first read of this book was how Dickensian it was. One horror after another overtakes these characters, but they, especially Ishvar and Om, just keep coming up for air, and keep on keeping on. Despite the seemingly constant tragedies, there is much rejoicing in the book, and the book at several points references life as "a fine balance" between despair and hope. I will say, however, the has one of the most devastating endings I have ever read, though even then there is hope in what the characters make of it.

The book begins with the epitaph: "This story is not fiction. All is true."

I guess I would still put this book in the category of books I think everyone should read.

5 stars
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arubabookwoman | 250 andra recensioner | Nov 21, 2023 |
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. Quite possibly the best book I have ever read!
secondhandrose | 250 andra recensioner | Oct 31, 2023 |
A truly sickening portrayal of daily life that I simply couldn't put down. I've been trying to digest this masterpiece that I somehow read on vacation (!!!!) for a few months now, and I still don't think I can form the words to truly do it justice. Definitely one of the best I've ever read, and one that justifies being over 600 pages long. Also, take a good look at the cover (the one with the stripes) and really think about it for a moment. It will come back to haunt you when you least expect it.… (mer)
ejerig | 250 andra recensioner | Oct 25, 2023 |


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