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ISBN: 0713688238 / ISBN-13: 9780713688238

A Fine Balance

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  • A Fine Balance (Methuen Publishing) – Trade paperback (2007)
    by Rohinton Mistry, Sudha Bhuchar (Adapted by), Kristine Landon-Smith (Adapted by)

    A Fine Balance

    Trade paperback, Methuen Publishing
    2007
    English
    112 pages

    ISBN: 0713688238
    ISBN-13: 9780713688238

    Based on the Booker-shortlisted novel by Rohinton Mistry and adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, this programme text edition of A Fine Balance is published to coincide with Tamasha Theatre Company's 2007 revival and tour of the hit play. India, 1975, and a callous government has declared a State of Emergency. In these uncertain times a spirited Parsi widow determined to avoid a second marriage takes a student boarder and two Hindu tailors into her ramshackle flat. The four strangers whose lives have become ... Show more

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Reviews of A Fine Balance

Overall customer rating: 4.667
CHANTAL G

Fantastic!

by CHANTAL G on Mar 17, 2011

This book is fantastic. Definitely a book to read if you plan on traveling to India or even if you don't. Stirring, magnifying, disturbing and heartfelt all at the same time.

fiddler

A Dive into the Indian Culture

by fiddler on Aug 17, 2008

I have never read a more recent book that can so accurately, subtly, and naturally portray a certain culture while still maintaining a universal appeal. Excellent! It's a long read, yes, but it is long and sweet. The characters are memorable and the way Mistry has with words is welcoming. It's the simple details the book will add constantly that allows readers to empathize and actually live alongside the characters. Love, hate, injustice, spirituality, deep-rooted tradition, loss, gain, joy-- it has it all. I heard about it from a friend who had seen it on Oprah's book club, and gave it a chance. It's definitely a good book to discuss, but it is also just as good to read on your own quietly while you absorb the culture. No regrets.

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readtome

Elegant prose & Insightul storytelling

by readtome on Apr 3, 2007

This wonderfully written novel is a triumph for author Rohinton Mistry - most certainly his best book. His characters are beautifully developed and will remain in your consciousness for years after you've read the last page. This story will open your heart and mind to the terrible and awesome mosaic of love and hatred in India, where Hindu and Moslem, rich and desperately poor must co-exist and in the end. It leaves you wondering what has prevailed... hope or despair, love or apathy. I highly recommend this very long, but remarkably relevant story.

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