Rohinton Mistry Creates A Fine Balance
There was a time when I read one book per week but these days I m running around like a crazy person and can only read a few pages before I go to bed. However, this book is so “strange”, almost like and out of body experience I have no other way of explaining it.
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles 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 one 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.
“I’ve never encountered pages that took me so far, and removed me from my own way of life and way of thinking the way A Fine Balance did. Rohinton [Mistry] has been compared to Dickens in his finest years when he was able so profoundly to look at the human spirit juxtaposed against the inhumane conditions”. —Oprah