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Rohinton Mistry

Autor(a) de A Fine Balance

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About the Author

Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay in 1952 and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He began writing stories in 1983 while a student at the University of Toronto. His books recount everyday life in India. Titles include Tales From Firozsha Baag, a collection of short stories, and A Fine Balance, a novel. mostrar mais Mistry's first novel, Such a Long Journey, received several awards, including the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and for the Trillium Award. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance (1995) 9,116 exemplares
Family Matters (2002) 2,547 exemplares
Such a Long Journey (1991) 1,608 exemplares
Tales from Firozsha Baag (1987) 701 exemplares
The Scream (2008) 53 exemplares
Passages 1 exemplar
Obiteljske stvari : roman (2005) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Bad Trips (1991) — Contribuidor — 232 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers (2004) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Canadian Ghost Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares


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A Fine Balance Group Read: July 2013 em 75 Books Challenge for 2013 (Agosto 2013)


India in the 1980s. A sometimes rambling search for meaning, for love amid the ruins of another humanity.
ben_r47 | 253 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
This is an extraordinary second novel (shortlisted for the Booker). Although Mistry has his tics (he loves to throw in a big, unusual word every now and then, among other things), those tics are—I suspect—the bad habit of a young writer searching for his voice. I will be reading his other books soon, I hope, and will be interested to see how his writing evolves. But the book, you ask? In a nutshell, it follows a central core of characters from very different backgrounds thrown together by chance. We learn their individual histories and then follow them in Bombay (unnamed, but clear) during the Emergency, a truly dismal period in the mid/late 1970s. Indira Gandhi, desperate to remain in power, chose to break the law and invoke extraordinary and unlawful powers to run the country as she saw fit, regardless of consequences. This book is about those consequences. Contrived situations are few and Mistry has drawn indelible, human characters, complete with flaws as well as virtues. Some of the circumstances Mistry portrays are brutal and even painful. Yet the book contains a great deal of satisfying and even funny episodes. Mistry takes his epigraph from Balzac—a master whose writing this book resembles in many ways; from Le Père Goriot: “But rest assured: This tragedy is not a fiction. All is True.” Very highly recommended.… (mais)
Gypsy_Boy | 253 outras críticas | Feb 16, 2024 |
A multi-layered masterpiece. Please read it.
dibble | 253 outras críticas | Jan 18, 2024 |
This is the lovely family story of a Mumbai Parsi family, father Gustad, mother Dilnavaz, and their three children, Sohrab, Darius, and Roshan. Gustad works in a bank, and over the course of the book the family goes through various family problems: Sohrab refuses to go to a prestigious technical college even though he has won a place there, opting instead for a liberal arts education; Darius is pursuing a girl from a family Gustad is feuding with; Roshan has been sick off and on with a mysterious illness. Then Gustad's friend Major Bilimoria asks him to do a favor which might involve him in some government corruption and illegalities.

This was Mistry's first book and it shows. I had high expectations after so recently rereading A Fine Balance, and this book definitely suffers in comparison. It sometimes wanders and feels without focus. Nevertheless, Gustad is a wonderful character, and I enjoyed visiting with this family a while. As a bonus there's a fair amount of information about the Parsi culture here. So it's a worthwhile read.

3 Stars
… (mais)
arubabookwoman | 26 outras críticas | Dec 31, 2023 |


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