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.
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