Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance
March 03, 2019 Comments.. 661
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India The time is 1975 The place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow, a young student uprootWith a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India The time is 1975 The place is an unnamed city by the sea The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state from the back cover. A Fine Balance With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption dignity and heroism of India The time is
  • Title: A Fine Balance
  • Author: Rohinton Mistry
  • ISBN: 9780679776451
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Z says:

      I stayed up all night to finish this book, because the climax is simply unputdownable I am hesitant to formally review it because it s one of those few books that can t be confined within the bounds of a critique or summary, and one that is so magnificent and moving that the idea of reviewing it makes me feel insolent already So I ll just note what I feel about the book, and the kind of effect it s had on me.It s grim Very grim There are moments of tragicomedy, of overjoyed glimpses of the sun o [...]

    2. Jeffrey Keeten says:

      You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair He paused, considering what he had just said Yes , he repeated In the end, it s all a question of balance A Fine BalanceI sometimes take a moment to focus on the corner of my office The way the two walls come together forming a line, a demarcation I think of it as bringing the two halves o [...]

    3. Garima says:

      But rest assured This tragedy is not a fiction All is True Hence started my journey of a fine book, A Fine Balance I have no sane excuse for my ignorance about Rohinton Mistry novels I just didn t have a single clue about him or his achievements till I joined Yes Though it s not a big deal as one is not supposed to know everything but here s a writer of Indian origin, writing unbelievably great books about Indians and is still remain unacknowledged by a common Indian reader is densely pitiable H [...]

    4. Jason says:

      Liking this book makes no sense Not only are its characters subjected to like, the bleakest set of circumstances ever, but then those circumstances are presented to the reader with such an alarming degree of authorial detachment that you almost have to wonder whether Mistry himself fed up with the unending series of hardships his characters are required to endure didn t just raise his arms in the air and say, Oh, fuck it And yet I could not tear myself away from this train wreck.A Fine Balance p [...]

    5. Ben Babcock says:

      This is probably the most depressing book I have ever read in my entire life Not only is its chronicling of four lives bleak and without the slightest hint of hope or redemption, but it does this with a comprehensive scope and an unforgiving manner Even re reading it, knowing what was going to happen, did not mitigate my sadness If anything, it amplified my emotions, because for all of the good things that happen in this book, the moments of joy, I knew how it was all going to go wrong And this [...]

    6. Riku Sayuj says:

      Poor naked wretches, wheresoe er you are,That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend youFrom seasons such as these O, I have ta enToo little care of this Take physic, pomp Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,That thou mayst shake the superflux to themAnd show the heavens just King Lear Why did I dislike him so much, she asked herself Where humans were concerned, the only emotion that made sense was [...]

    7. Paul Bryant says:

      Rohinton Mistry has written three whopping novels set in India, Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance, and Family Matters, and they re all brilliant He doesn t have pyrotechnic prose like the DeLillos and Pynchons, he s the tortoise to their hares, he plods on with his careful beautiful pictures of the details of people s lives, the complexities and the horrors and the unnoticed pools of affection, where the money comes from and where it goes, how they get through the day and how they don t his ca [...]

    8. Carol says:

      OMGOSH Definitely a five star read for me, but all of my emotions are shot to hell Did a world like this really exist in 1970 s India Heaven forbid Rohinton Mistry introduces his four main characters and their individual stories one by one until they merge together sharing a cramped apartment in a world of starvation, suffering and despair.With civil unrest and demonstrations against a corrupt government on the rise, our protagonists needlessly endure despicable injustices to both body and soul [...]

    9. Kris says:

      This is a compelling novel Mistry focuses the story around the lives and interactions of four main characters, who cross paths in an unnamed city in India in 1975 during the State of Emergency Mistry is unsparing in details of how difficult, even cruel, life is for these characters Their opportunities are constrained by caste, gender, government corruption locally and across the country, and greed In detailed flashbacks, Mistry describes the pasts of the characters with such humanity that it s i [...]

    10. Gautam says:

      A man with paralyzed legs lies on his itchy straw bed, staring at the murky ceiling that seems closing in on him, as his eyes have been fixating it for too long The time seems reluctant to move on as there is no sign of movements around him the world seems to have divorced him His room has no windows that rewarded him with a view of a green patch or a shimmering rivulet to vouch for his existence The life, as it seems, has no prospect, he thought As the bleak moments ostensibly passed, he, to hi [...]

    11. Saleh MoonWalker says:

      1970 1984 After all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents a clanking chain of chance events A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life 554

    12. Stephen P says:

      A book, along with two others which mysteriously appeared on my living room couch My wife, equally at a loss had no idea where they came from No one had been to the house previously, certainly not the dear family friend who just finished A Fine Balance and asked if I would read it Reluctantly taking a break from Walser and The Tanners, I began my 600 page responsibility to a person who has always been there for us The book s first four pages were partially folded from use, not to signify any imp [...]

    13. Whitaker says:

      This book was like a punch in the gut, or a hard kick to the balls The kind where you double over dry heaving That s how powerful it was Mistry s novel traces the lives of four people over the period of about one year when they come together under one roof That one year is also year one into Indira Ghandi s State of Emergency, declared after the Indian Supreme Court rules her election illegal.There are some excellent set peices notgettingenough s review describes one I won t repeat it here, but [...]

    14. Margitte says:

      1975 India The Great emergency Martial Law Murder on instinct survival of the fittest The old, disabled, the poor fair game Political mayhem Family Planning Program going as insane as the population explosion Riots, violence, families destroyed Chaos A Beautification Program chasing people with bulldozers like unwanted sewerage down the isles of perfection Their lives worth less than the holy cows meandering the trash heaps and destitution of the destruction everywhere Despair in abundance Hope [...]

    15. rahul says:

      As I scramble for words to speak of this book and even manage to get hold of some I wait till they fall from my tongue into the depths of infinite hopelessness And someday, Ihopethese words will find me again These words, these thoughts will help me accept thedespair that is this thing called life.

    16. Kelli Oliver George says:

      WOW Beautiful Haunting Sad Compelling Interesting Educational This book covers the stories of four characters living in India during the mid 70s during a time in which Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a State of Emergency and in its name, countless human rights violations were committed I am not sure I can say much that would do this book proper justice It certainly had what I refer to as The Linger Factor After I finished it, I sat thinking about it for awhile When I woke up at 5 am and co [...]

    17. Nidhi Singh says:

      This was life Or a cruel joke He no longer believed that the scales would ever balance fairly If his pan was not empty, if there was some little sustenance in it for his days and nights, it was enough for him.This is one book that made me want to clutch the life I live, as some blanket of security, and hide within I have never known what it is to live with such constant uncertainty That one could be completely uprooted today, the next day, or any day Each day of struggle, each day of building th [...]

    18. notgettingenough says:

      Maybe this review, about exploitation as much as anything, should have stayed on this siteeteaalittlechat.wordpres I am told some sort of word minimum is necessary on this site In order to conform.rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb [...]

    19. Algernon says:

      Let me tell you a secret there is no such thing as an uninteresting life Interesting doesn t even begin to describe the eventful and painful year in the lives of four Mumbai residents, at the times of theEmergency a period of civil unrest and government crackdown declared by the Prime Minister of India in 1975 as a final straw in her efforts to keep her political power in the face of vigorous opposition While the politicians are playing their high stakes games, it is the simple people who suffer [...]

    20. Savanna says:

      Unlike many of the Indian novels I have read, this book focuses on the Emergency years under Indira Gandhi Mistry s characters live through the terrifying campaigns of forced sterilization and beautification slum destruction But there is to the novel than the abuses that occurred during the Emergency Mistry takes the reader into the world of rural India in the 1960s and 70s where challenges to the caste system often resulted in beating, maiming, and sometimes death He describes the discriminato [...]

    21. Alice Poon says:

      This is one of those heartrending books that would be burned into my memory The story of the four main characters is told in a calm, understated and sometimes dry hud tone, but the characters, their poignant back stories as well as the settings just jump right off the page The whirlpool of corrupt and brutal politics, the inhumane caste system, ethnic hatred, sexual abuses, abject poverty and social despair gives the narrative a pulsating realism that keeps the reader well grounded in its authen [...]

    22. K.D. Absolutely says:

      I have nothing but praise for this book This is the book that makes me a reader No matter how busy I am, I will always be a reader if the book that I have is similar to this Take away my Facebook account Take away the online games Clash of Clans, Angry Bird, Plants Vs Zombies Take away the television The Voice Kids, Nathaniel, Pangako sa Yo But give me this kind of book and I will be a happy camper I can read all day and night in a corner and will not bother you even in a single minute.It is a l [...]

    23. Snotchocheez says:

      5 stars completely forgot to review this too busy trying to un depress myself.If you were following along with some of my updates for Rohinton Mistry sA Fine Balance, you might ve detected a bit of my cynicism poking through toward the end of this 600 page behmoth novel of India s woes I was starting to reach a breaking point how much calcuated heartache couldMisery ahem Mistry throw at the reader and not expect an emotional backlash Yeah Lobstergirl , this is probably one of the most depressing [...]

    24. Himanshu says:

      What an unreliable thing is time when I want it to fly, the hours stick at me like glue And what a changeable thing, too Time is the twine to tie our lives into parcels of years and months Or a rubber band stretched to suit our fancy Time can be a pretty ribbon in a little girl s hair Or the lines in your face,stealing your youthful colour and your hair But in the end, time is a noose around the neck, strangling slowly.I have just finished reading this book by an author who wrote the above words [...]

    25. Hugh says:

      This is about as close to an epic Victorian novel as modern fiction gets Mistry weaves together the stories of four main protagonists whose fates are thrown together by the upheavals of India s Emergency in 1975 Dina is a Parsee widow, with a rich family but struggling to maintain her independence in her late husband s flat She employs Ishvar and Om, two tailors taking refuge from their rural community after reprisals following their family s refusal to conform to the expectations of their low c [...]

    26. Đông Huynh says:

      R t kh n i cu n s ch n y hay Nh ng a con c a n a m m i l ki t t c c a n m Ri ng t i th th ch cu n s ch n y h n, n gi n v c ch vi t th c s l i cu n, n n i kh m r t ra c C ng v i nh ng a con c a n a m , cu n s ch g p ph n ho n thi n b c tranh v i s ng con ng i n trong th i k c a t nh tr ng kh n c p , th i k c a s tri t s n, ki m so t b ng n d n s , s kh ng b , nh ng xung t v t n gi o v s cai tr v c ng c c c a gi i c m quy n, d i quy n m g a ph c c Indira Gandhi.C n b ng mong manh c th c x p v o d [...]

    27. Sue says:

      What to say about such an overwhelming book.It is a masterfully written story of four people who happen to come together in the 1970s in India Of course there are than four people involoved in this tale of everyday life, death, misery, occasional happiness, government excess and cruelty in the most densely populated country on earth The four are Dina, middle aged at 30 and struggling to maintain her independence Maneck a 17 year old student who will take a room in her apartment and Ishvar and O [...]

    28. Dolors says:

      Four people from very different backgrounds cross their paths for a year during the seventies in India, and as we learn of their pasts, their presents and eventually of their futures, we get to know the political and social situation during that turbulent period in one of the poorest countries of the world.I agree with most of the positive reviews when they say that this story is a faithful portrait of what might have been like to live in the India of the 70 s and 80 s a complete nightmare , and [...]

    29. Jaidee says:

      3 tragedy diminished by histrionics stars.I know this is a good book and that Mr Mistry is an excellent writer The use of language is mostly elegant, vivid and the stories interweave in a logical and natural way There was not a dull moment to be had in this sprawling saga set in 1970s India The characters were likable and their struggles are real, heart wrenching and horrendous.I have a HUGE issue though with the presentation of the characters emotional and psychological lives Although at times [...]

    30. Lynda says:

      My all time favourite book, without doubt Magnificent, Educational, Interesting, Very SadThe setting is India in 1975 76, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defying a court order calling for her resignation, declares a state of emergency and imprisons the parliamentary opposition as well as thousands of students, teachers, trade unionists and journalists These events, along with the government s forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people strugg [...]

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