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A Fine Balance por Rohinton Mistry
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A Fine Balance (original 1995; edição 1997)

por Rohinton Mistry (Autor)

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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.
Membro:DidIReallyReadThat
Título:A Fine Balance
Autores:Rohinton Mistry (Autor)
Informação:Vintage International (2001), Edition: 1st, 603 pages
Coleções:Read in 2023
Avaliação:****1/2
Etiquetas:historical fiction, Canadian Fiction

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A Fine Balance por Rohinton Mistry (1995)

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    JudeyN: Set in a different time and place, but similar themes. Examines the different ways in which people respond to hardship and upheaval.
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    Nickelini: Both novels look at the dire side of life in India, and both are very well written.
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India in the 1980s. A sometimes rambling search for meaning, for love amid the ruins of another humanity. ( )
  ben_r47 | 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. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Feb 16, 2024 |
A multi-layered masterpiece. Please read it. ( )
  dibble | Jan 18, 2024 |
The characters are lovable and the writing superb! I found the latter part of the narrative felt rushed and I never had a clear sense of where things were going. I listened to it via Audible and the narration was perfect. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Nov 23, 2023 |
This was a reread. I first read it at about the time of its publication in 1995, and have always remembered it as one of my favorite books ever. I wanted to see if it still held up after all these years.

iI won't keep you in suspense: I still love this book, although on this reread I noticed more than a few blatant coincidences that should have bothered me, but didn't. It is an epic tale of India during the 1970's. It is set primarily in Mumbai during the so-called "Emergency" when Indira Ghandi's government imposed a series of harsh and repressive measures, and there was much unrest and violence. Along the way we experience many of the horrifying events in India: the Partition, the violence against Muslims, the violence against the untouchables, beggars, the massive slums, forced sterilization, con men, thugs, official corruption, and much, much more.

Two tailors, Ishvar and Om, uncle and nephew, of the untouchable caste, have come to Mumbai from their small village to make their fortune. Although Ishvar and his brother Narayan trained as tailors in order to escape their caste, they were still violently abused in their small village, which led to the death of Narayan. Ishvar brings Narayan's son Om to the city to overcome that past.

In the city, they obtain work producing garments with Dina, a widow desperately trying to maintain her independence. They also develop a friendship with Dina's young boarder, a student. Through these four marvelous characters we come to view the panorama of Indian life. Of vastly different backgrounds, and initially suspicious of each other, over time, the four form a family of sorts.

One of the things I remembered from my first read of this book was how Dickensian it was. One horror after another overtakes these characters, but they, especially Ishvar and Om, just keep coming up for air, and keep on keeping on. Despite the seemingly constant tragedies, there is much rejoicing in the book, and the book at several points references life as "a fine balance" between despair and hope. I will say, however, the has one of the most devastating endings I have ever read, though even then there is hope in what the characters make of it.

The book begins with the epitaph: "This story is not fiction. All is true."

I guess I would still put this book in the category of books I think everyone should read.

5 stars ( )
  arubabookwoman | Nov 21, 2023 |
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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.
adicionada por jlelliott | editarThe New York Times, A.G. Mojtabai (Jun 23, 1996)
 

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