Set in mid-1970s India, "A Fine Balance" is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. It is a breathtaking achievement: panoramic yet humane, intensely political yet rich with local delight; and, ...
Set in mid-1970s India, "A Fine Balance" is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. It is a breathtaking achievement: panoramic yet humane, intensely political yet rich with local delight; and, above all, compulsively readable.
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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.
Aug 17, 2008
A Dive into the Indian Culture
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.
Apr 3, 2007
Elegant prose & Insightul storytelling
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.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-26 The setting of Mistry's quietly magnificent second novel (after the acclaimed Such a Long Journey) is India in 1975-76, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defying a court order calling for her resignation, declares a state of emergency and imprisons the parliamentary opposition as well as thousands of students, teachers, trade unionists and journalists. These events, along with the government's forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people struggling to survive. Na?ve college student Maneck Kohlah, whose parents' general store is failing, rents a room in the house of Dina Dalal, a 40-ish widowed seamstress. Dina acquires two additional boarders: hapless but enterprising itinerant tailor Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash, whose father, a village untouchable, was murdered as punishment for crossing caste boundaries. With great empathy and wit, the Bombay-born, Toronto-based Mistry evokes the daily heroism of India's working poor, who must cope with corruption, social anarchy and bureaucratic absurdities. Though the sprawling, chatty narrative risks becoming as unwieldy as the lives it so vibrantly depicts, Mistry combines an openness to India's infinite sensory detail with a Dickensian rendering of the effects of poverty, caste, envy, superstition,corruption and bigotry. His vast, wonderfully precise canvas poses, but cannot answer, the riddle of how to transform a corrupt, ailing society into a healthy one. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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