Such a Long Journey
This is another gem written by Rohinton. He is a brilliant story-teller and will keep a reader’s attention until the book is finished. It is a highly moving book as well as funny in spots. It is so tremendously hard to combine these two talents in one writer. But he has aced it!!!!!
This novel is set in Bombay in 1971. This is when India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. This book is about a hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble who is a devoted family man. He gradually sees his modest life going into ruins. His young daughter falls ill and almost dies. His promising son seems to be having all kinds of problems. He seems to be the rational voice amidst a whole bunch of irrational ones among his neighbours.
Then one day everything seems to change when he receives a letter from an old friend asking his to help him. He soon finds himself drawn into a dangerous network of deception. He is truly in danger himself and it seems that he is in way above his head.
The book is written very compassionately and it is rich in details of character and place. This novel charts a journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change. The reader will feel very sorry for Gustad as the novel unfolds.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth