A Fine Balance
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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 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 Trade Paperback edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I read this book years ago. It remains indelibly etched in my memory as one of the most affecting and emotionally powerful stories I have read. It led me to an interest in India, a place I have now visited several times. Read this book...it will change your life. Be careful though, it's painful, and then more painful again and again.
I read this book a while ago and was entranced from page 2. I couldn't put it down. Each chapter contained a plethora of intense pain and agony to unbridled joy. The emotional rollercoaster just sucked me in and I became a Mistry fan.
What a beautiful story of lives intertwined in the pressure-cooker of a developing society, amidst the turmoil of prejudice and civil unrest. I recommend "A fine balance".
This book is one of the most memorable novel I have ever read!!!! I started reading this book about 6 years ago and I have not finished it because am afraid to read the end. It is a truly emotional rollercoaster. You are captivated the moment you read the first couple pages. I have recommend this book numerous time with warning of extreme realism, pain, and overwhelming joy. I hope to get the courage to finish the last chapter!!!!!!