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A Fine Balance


This is the longest novel I've ever read.. 700 and something pages, but oh SO worth it!

It took me 10 months to devour, but I enjoyed reading it at a slow pace because it takes an emotional toll on the reader.

Set in the Emergency era (1970's) of Bombay, India this novel takes you into the depths of four lives who become intertwined due to financial circumstances. Mistry, being a Zorastrian himself, brings in a lot of the Zorastrian cultures in one of his main characters, Dina. He has also created 3 memorable male lead characters, all with unique personalities whom the reader tends to form a bond with.

Each character has a drawn out history, which adds to the understanding of the plot, creating an unforgettable journey.

I often had to put this novel down, sit and reflect on the many events. The backdrop is based on a factual era where many Indians were abused so as I read this story it seemed more real than anything. What these characters endure are factual. Their livelihoods, their relationships, their emotions and the lack of understanding of what surrounded them all brought me vivid memories of the events most minorities have endured in their corrupted homelands.

I immensely enjoyed reading this novel, although reading it again is out of the question. It really is just too long, but again well worth the investment the first time around.

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runyolarun
May. 5th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Liked this book too. The writing got me worried for the characters, even the ones that dissapointed me. It was pretty well crafted in terms of showing the motivations of peeps and getting this wierd sympathy out of me....like Dina for example. She was mean to the workers, but you got to see how she was crafty and a product of her circumstances. It was a long time ago that I read the book, but still think about it from time to time.
babeebrwn
May. 10th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
you know it's good when the story continues to haunt you.
belovedseason
May. 16th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
I'm always adding books you've read to my "to-read" shelf on GoodReads! :)
babeebrwn
May. 19th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
:) glad to be of assistance!
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