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A Fine Balance | [Rohinton Mistry]

A Fine Balance

One of the most talked-about books of the year, A Fine Balance captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India in 1975. It is an Oprah Book Club selection, and has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mistry "needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical," says The New York Times.
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Publisher's Summary

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall masters from Balzac to 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 a 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.

©1995 Rohinton Mistry; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Giller Prize Winner, 1995

"Mistry...needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." (The New York Times)

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    "A Fine Balance"

    Excellent listen.... Unique and poignant. Don't expect a "feel good" Hollywood happy ending. Unfortunate that it was abridged.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sleepless 12-12-03
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    "DON'T RENT THIS UNABRIDGED VERSION"

    This unabridged version of the book loses the nuance and beauty that make Mistry's writing great. The reader may be a wonderful cookbook writer, but she's a bored, flat, and grating as a narrator.

    Please join me in protesting the lack of an UNABRIDGED VERSION.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Well Done!!"

    "Life is a Fine Balance between hope and despair", and I found this book an excellent listen. It was well done, well read, and sits with me still now that I'm done. I highly recommend you take the chance and read it. You will not be disappointed.

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