New York. 1991. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 0679400095. 339 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature India Canada. inventory # 27924. FROM THE PUBLISHER-SUCH A LONG JOURNEY is a 1991 novel by Rohinton Mistry. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won several other awards. In 2010 the book made headlines when it was withdrawn from the University of Mumbai's English syllabus after complaints from the family of the Hindu nationalist politician Bal Thackeray. SUCH A LONG JOURNEY takes place in Mumbai, Maharashtra, in the year 1971. The novel's protagonist is a hard-working bank clerk Gustad Noble, a member of the Parsi community and a devoted family man struggling to keep his wife Dilnavaz, and three children out of poverty. But his family begins to fall apart as his eldest son Sohrab refuses to attend the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology to which he has gained admittance and his youngest daughter, Roshan, falls ill. Other conflicts within the novel involve Gustad's ongoing interactions with his eccentric neighbours and his relationship with his close friend and co-worker, Dinshawji. Tehmul, a seemingly unimportant and mentally disabled character, is essential in Gustad's life, as he brings out the tender side of him and represents the innocence of life. A letter that Gustad receives one day from an old friend, Major Bilimoria, slowly draws him into a government deception involving threats, secrecy and large amounts of money. He then, begins the long journey, that sheds new light on all aspects of Gustad's personal and political life. The novel not only follows Gustad's life, but also India's political turmoil under the leadership of Indira Gandhi. When it was published in 1991, it won the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and for the Trillium Award. It has been translated into German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Japanese, and has been made into the 1998 film SUCH A LONG JOURNEY. On November 30, 2001, the novel was announced as a selection for Oprah Winfrey's book club, turning it into a major seller. Over 750, 000 copies of the book were printed in the year following the Oprah pick.
Near Fine in Fine jacket. First U. S. edition, first printing, hardcover. 339 pages. Near fine with head/tail of spine lightly bumped, in a fine, mylar-covered dust jacket. Author's second book and first novel, shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
[0-679-40009-5] 1991, 1st U.S. edition. (Hardcover) Near fine in fine dust jacket. 339pp. Octavo. Original grey cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and gilt lettered black spine in dust jacket. Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the SmithBook / Books in Canada First Novel Award.
[0-679-40009-5] 1991, 1st U.S. edition. (Hardcover) Near fine in fine dust jacket. 339pp. Octavo. Original navy cloth one-quarter binding with gilt lettering on spine. Gray-green paper covered boards with gilt initials to bottom right corner of front board. Slight fading to top edge of boards. Clean, tight text block with long outer edge trimmed roughly. In dust jacket, not price clipped, in fine condition. Signed by the author in black ink on title page. A great signed copy. Winner of the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the SmithBook / Books in Canada First Novel Award.
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