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A Fine Balance

Mistry, Rohinton, 1952- . Book - 1996 None on shelf 1 request on 0 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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A Fine Balance submitted by aohall on July 10, 2015, 8:44am This is a wonderful and heart-wrenching story about several characters trying to survive and find happiness in their lives. I highly recommend it.

Phenomenally compelling submitted by sueij on July 21, 2018, 10:15am This is probably the most difficult (depressing?) book that I have ever loved. It's about the intertwined lives of four people in India during the Emergency in Indira Gandhi's India in 1975, about the impossible challenges of their lives before they came together, about the push and pull of their relationships, and about what happens when their lives are torn apart again. The cast of secondary characters is just as rich and deep as the primary four, and they add immeasurably to the context of the time and place of the book. Everything in this book can be looked at in terms of balance... power, love, relationship, need, money, hope, luck. This was both hard to read (it was long and dense and the subject matter was difficult) and at the same time I was constantly drawn to it because the writing and story were phenomenally compelling. It sparked fantastic discussion for my book club. Highly recommended.

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New York : Knopf, 1996.
Year Published: 1996
Description: 603 p.
Language: English
Format: Book

140003065X (softcover)
0679776451 :
0679446087 :

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