Set in mid-1970s India, "A Fine Balance" is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no ...Show synopsisSet 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.Hide synopsis
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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.
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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