Wednesday, 28 February 2007


AUTHOR: Rohinton Mistry


DATE READ: May 2006

NOTES: An amazing book – paints a brilliant picture of India for ordinary people. A huge sweep of history from before independence to early 1980s. Interlinking stories of Parsis, Outcastes, Muslims and Hindus – characters really live within the pages. In some ways it is a very bleak story (especially the harsh attitudes towards lower castes and the political abuses of Mrs Ghandi’s Emergency) but in other ways it has humour and is an uplifting tale of the human spirit. Among all the bleakness and cruelty there is really kindness and generosity. Characters are rarely “good” or “bad” but their actions stem from the situations in which they find themselves.

A real page turner, Mistry is a wonderful story-teller. A Fine Balance is one of the best books I have ever read – remained with me long after I had finished reading it.

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