A Fine Balance

Author(s): Mistry Rohinton

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With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall masters from Balzac to Dickens, this magnificant novel caputures 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 cast violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the cahracters 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.

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Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life." --"Wall Street Journal
""A serious and important work . . . the product of high intelligence and passionate conviction."" "--"New York Review of Books
""Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry." --Pico Iyer, "Time
""Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." --"The New York Times

General Fields

  • : 9781400030651
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Vintage Books
  • : 0.454
  • : September 2005
  • : 202mm X 133mm X 35mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mistry Rohinton
  • : Paperback
  • : 813.54
  • : 624