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Family Matters B *India* por Rohinton Mistry
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Family Matters B *India* (original 2002; edição 2004)

por Rohinton Mistry (Autor)

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"The setting is Bombay, mid-1990s. Nariman Vakeel, suffering from Parkinson's disease, is the elderly patriarch of a small, discordant family. In a building called Chateau Felicity, he and his two middle-aged stepchildren - Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her just-younger brother, Jal, mild mannered and acquiescent - occupy a once-elegant apartment whose ruin is progressing as rapidly as Nariman's disease. Coomy has "rules to govern every aspect of [Nariman's] shrunken life," but even she cannot keep him from his evening walks. When he stumbles and breaks an ankle (fulfilling one of Coomy's nagging prophecies), she has hardly said "I told you so" before she is plotting to turn his round-the-clock care over to her younger, sweet-tempered half sister. Roxana, her husband, and their two sons live in an already overcrowded apartment, but Coomy knows that Roxana will not refuse her. What Coomy cannot know is that she has set in motion a great unraveling (and an unexpected repair) of the family - and a revelation of its deeply love-torn past."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (mais)
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Título:Family Matters B *India*
Autores:Rohinton Mistry (Autor)
Informação:Faber and Faber (2004)
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Family Matters por Rohinton Mistry (2002)

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One of the best books I've read so far this year. I'll probably take a look at his other novels too. ( )
  georgeybataille | Jun 1, 2021 |
Not a patch on A Fine Balance, this starts out alright with a family fighting to survive on the fine margins of lower-middle class Indian life. However, once things settle down for them, the tension that kept you going dissipates and the novel peters out rather blandly.

Because A Fine Balance is such a powerful novel, I wouldn’t even bother with this unless you have a keen interest in Zoroastrianism. In addition, the novel has parts written exclusively in an unidentified Indian language with no explanation as to their meaning which seems a bit strange.

The novel initially centres around Nariman Vakeel, a septuginarian with Parkinsons who is cared for by a family typically riven by infighting and social posturing. While the focus remains on him, the novel is a poignant one and, had Mistry, maintained this I think it would have been very powerful.

However, about halfway through it gradually drifts off to focus on Yezad, the son-in-law whose family have taken in Nariman. This is a far less satisfying read and things don’t really develop in the way I’d hoped to keep my attention going any longer.

I also noticed that characters which are introduced seemingly innocuously always turned out to have a significant role later on. Far too contrived for an author who, as he’s proved, can do so much better.

Mistry started in the right place. Had he published Family first, he wouldn’t have had a hit. If you want more of Mistry and have read A Fine Balance, dig out your copy of that and read it again. ( )
  arukiyomi | Dec 27, 2020 |
Some years ago I found myself collecting a rather appalling statistic. Women in India who are burned to death by their husbands, often in collusion with the mother of the husband. The preferred method is to douse the wife in petrol and then set alight. It generally does the trick, though unfortunately sometimes one ends up with a dreadfully disfigured wife who survives.

The real eye-opening thing about this practice is that it is a middle-class commonplace. The woman burned to death may well have a university degree or two. In other words, there is nothing primitive about the attitude. It isn't backward uneducated people, it is people who might be perusing goodreads when not taking stock of their petrol supplies.

Mistry's books do not deal with such horrors, but they do give an account of the ways in which middle-class urban life in India is mean and dispiriting and difficult. It sets the scene in which the wife-burnings take place.

If you want an idea of what life is really like in India, given that we all in the West think it's about Bollywood, this is good place to start.




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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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. ( )
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"The setting is Bombay, mid-1990s. Nariman Vakeel, suffering from Parkinson's disease, is the elderly patriarch of a small, discordant family. In a building called Chateau Felicity, he and his two middle-aged stepchildren - Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her just-younger brother, Jal, mild mannered and acquiescent - occupy a once-elegant apartment whose ruin is progressing as rapidly as Nariman's disease. Coomy has "rules to govern every aspect of [Nariman's] shrunken life," but even she cannot keep him from his evening walks. When he stumbles and breaks an ankle (fulfilling one of Coomy's nagging prophecies), she has hardly said "I told you so" before she is plotting to turn his round-the-clock care over to her younger, sweet-tempered half sister. Roxana, her husband, and their two sons live in an already overcrowded apartment, but Coomy knows that Roxana will not refuse her. What Coomy cannot know is that she has set in motion a great unraveling (and an unexpected repair) of the family - and a revelation of its deeply love-torn past."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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