A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) by Rohinton Mistry

By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that remember the paintings of Charles Dickens, this impressive novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban by means of the ocean. the govt. has simply declared a kingdom of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender pupil uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, pressured to proportion one cramped residence and an doubtful destiny. because the characters movement from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, an exceptional stability creates an everlasting landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman nation.

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The bicycle was mangled but the saddle was whole. He pushed his way through the crowd towards the policemen. A roaring storm filled her ears, and their words reached her feebly, as though from a great distance. “A bastard lorry driver,” said the sub-inspector. “Hit and run. No chance for the poor man, I think. Head completely crushed. ” A Fine Balance 51 A stray dog lapped at the thick pink puddle near the bicycle. Strawberry ice cream was in stock, thought Dina numbly. A policeman kicked the sand-coloured mongrel.

For death, they come to me—for saros-nu-paatru, for afargan, baaj, faroksy. But for a happy occasion, for wedding ashirvaad, I am not wanted. ” In the evening there was a party at the Shroff residence. Nusswan insisted on at least this much celebration, and arranged for a caterer. There were forty-eight guests, of which six were Rustom’s friends, plus his Shirin Aunty and Darab Uncle. The rest were from Nusswan’s circle, including extended-family members who could not be left out without risking criticism from A Fine Balance 41 relatives—the insinuating, whispered kind of criticism to which he was so sensitive.

Someone chuckled loudly that where Parsis were concerned, food was number one, conversation came second. Whereupon someone else corrected him: no, no, conversation came third, and the second thing couldn’t be mentioned with ladies and children A Fine Balance 42 present. Those within earshot rewarded the worn-out joke with hearty laughter. Ruby clapped her hands: “Okay, everybody! Dinner is served! ” “What are you saying, Ruby, it all looks wonderful,” they replied. While helping themselves, they took the opportunity to inquire after her pregnancy and when she was expecting.

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