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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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A Fine Balance (1995)

by Rohinton Mistry (Author)

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If I could give this book more stars I would - for the complete devastation of it. It stays with me still. I don't think anything else I have ever read has pulled such raw emotion out of me. ( )
  BrydieWalkerBain | Apr 26, 2016 |
This is a powerful book that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking in turn. The reader follows different characters, watching them develop and getting glimpses into their pasts to see where they come from. You get to see what brings them together, see them grow and see how they learn to accept and care for each other, and then also witness less happy events, and some downright tragedies, and see them have to cope with those things in their lives that are seemingly out of their control.
  GretchenLynn | Apr 11, 2016 |
really enjoyed this book. Just insight into the social caste system within India. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
A fictitious misery memoir. It never lets up. Dreadful people doing dreadful things to each other. Unrelenting – for over 600 pages. ( )
  florasuncle | Feb 18, 2016 |
Ah, this book! This is the book I plug into Amazon or whatever booklist I'm searching and find reviews from people that were as taken by this novel as I was...in other words, 5 stars plus, if there is a plus. And then I look at what the reviewer is reading and use that to further my search for the perfect read.

I swear that I could smell India in the pages of Mr. Mistry's novel as I read even though I've never been to India. I could feel the heat. I loved the indomitable spirit of the characters...a true fine balance of life.

I have looked at the book many times and thought about giving it another go around, but I don't want to change any of the feelings I have about it, so it remains on my shelf.

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  LouisaK | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Rohinton Mistry needs no infusions of magical realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is quite magical enough.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mistry, RohintonAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cowper, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danielsson, UllaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Echevarría, AuroraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Julià, PepTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mulder, ArjenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Post, MaaikeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pujol, RubénTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 140003065X, Paperback)

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:31 -0400)

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A portrait of India featuring four characters. Two are tailors who are forcibly sterilized, one is a student who emigrates, and the fourth is a widowed seamstress who decides to hang on. A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and despair by an Indian from Toronto, author of Such a Long Journey.… (more)

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