A Fine Balance
By: Rohinton Mistry
This is another gem by Rohinton Mistry. I absolutely loved the book. As some of the readers of the Canadian Book Review Challenge will realize, I have been reading a lot of Rohinton Mistry this month. And what a GREAT way to end this year’s challenge. My next review will be the book that John Mutford suggested that we read for the challenge.
This book is another great story. It is again set in India in the 1970’s. This is a time and place that interests Mistry very much since he was born in Bombay. Some of the scenes of the place seems so vivid that I would love to visit India in my lifetime. It is now on my bucket list of places to visit.
This book is stunning and so well written. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives somehow by chance come together. There is a lot of politic turmoil, and the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of hopelessness, their circumstances and fates become linked in ways no one could have foreseen. And somehow these people find a way to cope with these terrible times by relying on each other’s wit and compassion.
Mistry’s prose is alive with images and an unforgettable cast of characters like only he can portray in a story that is at once deep and moving. This is a powerful novel by one of the most gifted writers of our time.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth