©1995 Rohinton Mistry; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Mistry...needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." (The New York Times)
I listened to a Fine Balance over a six week period during my daily 70 minutes run on the treadmill. Strangely, the struggles and pains of Om and Ashraf and their determination to keep on going no matter what, kept me going on that treadmill every morning when I felt that I had no energy to complete the course.
Although, apparently, fiction, I don't believe this story is too far detached from reality and I for one, can image that hundreds, if not thousands who have shared similar experiences.
It has forever changed my perception of Indian rural and urban society life in general.
Africans would most definitely identify with several aspects of this book; and realize that, the realities of their African societies are not as alien, unique and/or far- fetched as they and the rest of the world imagine them to be.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys understanding cultures beyond their own.
I did not read the print version.
Deena Dalal, the women who brought together the tailors and the student. She is a strong character, going against the cultural grain. Her world was small in terms of those she trusted and loved. Her choices shaped a life for her that in the end resulted in being where she fought hard not to be.
Yes I have. I've heard him read Ken Follete's novels. His German accent was very effective in those narratives. To hear him speak in the Indian tongue was very impressive. His delivery of the story was very dramatic and believable. Each time I listened to the story, I was totally transported into the scene.
Quilt of Life
What made this book so profound was the fact that both tailors and Deena Bi learned to accept their lives in the end and settled into a way of being with little complaint. Manac, on the other hand, had a bright future. He had money that he earned in Dubai. He had his father's business to run. He, however, could not see past his own feelings of guilt, unwantedness and despair. He allowed the conditions that he saw drag him down into depression and ultimately suicide. What a pity!!
Would be perfect except file keeps crashing iPod with 1 hr left in chapter 1...NO HELP FROM AUDIBLE!!! Have erased the ipod file and tried new downloading...to no avail. Their customer service really bites.
Each story part is intriging on its own and blends to the whole story very well.
One of the best
The characters in this book are so artfully drawn that you come to feel that you know them as friends. The plot is compelling, uplifting at times and heart breaking throughout. For those put off by this, it is important to know that this is how life is indeed for many people in this world, we can't close our eyes to it. The narrator is superb. I can't recommend this book highly enough, but take the second sentence of this review to heart, make sure the timing is right for you to receive all that Mistry has to offer.
wow -- such a powerful story. Loved it. Made me cry, smile, and be grateful.
Very well-written, nuanced story-telling. The author captures many levels of humanity and traverses the political landscape with wry satire. The dialogue is materful, lent additional authenticity by the outstanding narration (reason alone to buy this book)
Just like listening to a long hard life that wears you out and end up with a boring ending. I cant believe I went through all that for that ending. Way too much like anyone if another counties life that is just always hard and a battle just to get through the crap they are served undeservingly. All for a bad ending.
This might be the most tragic, heart-wrenching, and yet one of the best books I've ever read. This book is grapes of wrath on steroids. For all the tragedy, this book will inspire you with its struggle and make you realize how important friendships and family are in your life. I disagree with those who were unhappy with the ending. It isn't the Count of Monte Cristo, and some of the more villainous characters never get what they've got coming to them, but I actually love how the author chose to leave things. If you know nothing of India and are interested, this is an interesting look into the politics and culture of that nation.
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