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Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Family Matters (2002)

by Rohinton Mistry

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Love, love, LOVED this book! It's a story of lives, of choices and how they lead us in different directions, of a families descent into sadness. It was beautiful, the kind of book that will stay with me for a long time, lingering in the back of my thoughts. ( )
  Wordbrarian | Mar 5, 2019 |
A captivating family story set in Mumbai, from India-born Canadian author Rohinton Mistry. It shares elements many families experience no matter where they are: a young man forbidden to marry a woman of a different religion; a step-sister who cares for no one but herself; a sick elderly father; low income. In this microcosm of society the stress of trying to deal with it all causes some of the characters to falter, yielding to temptation, repeating old prejudices. Beautifully written, this is a book to linger over. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | May 24, 2018 |
'a novel in which the characters are so well drawn that you feel wrapped up in their problems rather than just privy to them', 31 Mar. 2012
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An outstanding novel set in a Zoroastrian family in Bombay. When elderly Nariman, suffering from Parkinson's disease and a broken ankle becomes too much to cope with, his stepchildren offload him onto their stepsister. Living in a tiny flat with two children, a somewhat grudging husband and little money, things become difficult and her husband hatches a convoluted plan to get a promotion and a payrise...
Meanwhile Nariman's stepdaughter is looking for a ploy to avoid having him back once his ankle mends...
A beautiful book that really just encapsulates life: exquisite moments, change, tragedy, things not working out as intended, humour and how experiences can alter a person. ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
"Family Matters" is a story of love and obligation between family, of keeping truth alive with memory, and the danger of memory being denied.
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jun 24, 2016 |
I've given up, I've been trying to start this for a long while and I just can't get excited about it. I'm bringing it back to MeetUp and perhaps someone else will enjoy it
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and it's related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family.
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Set during the 1990s in an overcrowded and politically corrupt Bombay, Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters depicts a family being torn apart by lies, love, and its unresolved demons of the past. Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and its related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family. When Nariman breaks his ankle and becomes bedridden, his two stepchildren turn his care over to their half-sister, Roxanne, who lives in a two-room flat with her husband and two sons. What follows is each character's reaction to this situation, from Roxanne's husband's struggle to provide for his family without neglecting his conscience to their sons' coming of age in an era of uncertainty. Expertly interspersed between these dilemmas are Nariman's tortured remembrances of a forbidden love and its inescapable consequences ("no matter where you go in the world, there is only one story: of youth, and loss, and yearning for redemption. So we tell the same story, over and over. Just the details are different").

Family Matters is a compelling, emotional, and persuasive testimony to the importance of memories in every family's history. In a poetic style rich with detail, Mistry creates a world where fate dances with free will, and the results are often more familiar than anyone would ever care to admit. --Gisele Toueg

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Rohinton Mistry's enthralling novel is at once a domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson's disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment (in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity), but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needs. Nariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home. Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith. Sweeping and intimate, tragic and mirthful, Family Matters is a work of enormous emotional power.… (more)

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