I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight Archive, GoT, Ken Follett's work. Last read: Words of Radiance
I gave it 4 stars because Mr Mistry has kept it all real. So real that it saddens you in the end. I understand what the author was aiming at but an instant downfall of all protagonists was a little extreme. Before picking the book, I read reviews how depressing the end could be so I was anticipating a lot of things. But the way this story unfolds, you can foresee few things and that sends chills down your spine. India in itself during that decade had a very corrupted bureaucratic government, and if you introduce national emergency on it, hell breaks loose. I would still hear people justifying what Indira Gandhi was trying to achieve, they should definitely read this book.
Finally, 'A Fine Balance' is definitely not an apt name for this book. There is no sense of equilibrium here. The book is a great read and an interesting perspective from the people who suffer the most when governments go rogue. The people who swear to oath to protect its citizens has the capability to destroy lives with their single stroke of pen or words. I would definitely recommend this book but readers should anticipate the grim end.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
This was a well written book. It offered a cultural reference to India and the caste system. It also offered an insight into the personal growth of the characters and how people act in the struggle for everyday survival.
Rohinton Mistry's portrait of Indian life was incredibly fascinating. I can't remember when I last felt so connected to a group of characters. John Lee's narration was pitch perfect. As wonderful as I am sure this book would be to read in print, I feel lucky that I made the choice to listen instead. It was truly a special read.
This is a classic- I couldn't stop listening. It is an amazing book. I wish there were more stars.
Yes, absolutely. I have felt cheated a number of times spending only one credit but, I am glad I took a chance on this one. As others have said, the book is a little slow to start but, as I got to know the characters, I began to feel that they were a part of my own family. I desperately wanted them to succeed but, just like real life, they often did not. It felt great when they did get a break. I can't forget the narrator John Lee. He was fantastic as always.
Kind of a Schindler's list. This book haunts me. I hope it is not really that bad anywhere. Maybe it is. Maybe I'm naive, probably. We really have a wonderful life here in the USA.
I gave it a 5 because of how it demanded my attention and has kept my thoughts for many months. It is truly a story to ponder.
After reading The Kite Runner I really wanted a story that would give me that same insight into another culture. It's like traveling without leaving home!Although I would reccomend this book I must agree with other reviewers, be warned: it's not a happy ending. It is a good story with great characters, and engulfs you in India and the times and culture.
I am so glad I purchased this audio book. The lives of the characters was so very interesting... devastating at times... I felt like I was right there with them which to me is indicative of good story-telling. The narrator is excellant. I was disappointed the story had to end. I wanted to know more about how their lives went on.
This great book gives insight into India and to life itself like other greats such as Passage to India. I followed it up by reading the text and realized that listening to the book was almost as good, except for the many unfamiliar Indian words and phrases that were easier to follow in print. It would be nice if Audible in the future posted online supplementary pages that would help explain some things that are inevitably obscure in a reading -- in this case, a glossary of Indian words and expression would have been helpful. Certainly I will never think of Indira Gandhi and her State of Emergency in the same way after reading about the impact her effort at "beautification" had on the poor of India. Of course, I don't know how accurate this depiction is...