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Darioush

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  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (284)

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    Karen P. Smith says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
    "Read this book if your heart is made of steal"
    Overall

    I just finished this book and I had to write a review to warn you. I listen to over 40 books a year and this by far is the sadest, most tragic book I have listed to in 6 years. They don't get any grimmer. By the way the writing is good and John Lee is superb.

    You learn much about Indira Gandhi government and her policies in mid '70's but GEEE BABA, it is such a downer. Had I known, I would have never touched it.

    This book makes Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns look like comedies. (great books by the way)

    You want an uplifting book listen to "Brother Fish"

    You want a great book about India, you must listen to "Shantram"

    Other good books:
    "Pillars of the Earth"
    "Potato Factory"
    "The Company: A Novel about CIA"
    "Up Country"

    29 of 38 people found this review helpful

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