a fine book

i finished reading rohinton mistry’s a fine balance and i must say, that is an incredible book

it’s the story of four people brought together by chance and necessity:
two low-caste village tailors who come to the city but can’t leave their past behind, one strong-willed parsi widow who looks toward an ever-uncertain future, and a well-off parsi youngster with a bright future and bright outlook

it’s set against the emergency measures imposed by indian prime minister indira gandhi in the seventies, and shows how policies that seem so far away might come home and have an effect on people personally

it’s a wonderfully written book, quite unlike any other

although of a completely different stripe, yann martel’s life of pi is somewhat comparable — if in nothing but the way the books leave you feeling after you’re done

it’s a big book, 800 or so pages, but an amazing read

bravo, rohinton mistry

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    slime said,

    January 18, 2004 @ 6:32 pm



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    qudsia said,

    February 18, 2004 @ 4:28 pm

    agreed. have you read ‘family matters’ as well? i’ve yet to start it (classes and work get in the way), but i heard it’s almost as amazing.

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