A Fine Balance

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McClelland & Stewart, 2002 - Fiction - 809 pages
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Set against the emergency measures imposed by Indira Gandhi in the mid-1970s, A Fine Balance follows the lives of four unlikely people as they struggle “to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.” Originally published in 1995, A Fine Balance is both a warning about the human terrors that await a society without compassion and a testimony to the enduring greatness of the human spirit.

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Gorgeous Writing, Similar to Rushdie

User Review  - MelyssaM - Borders

Rohinton Mistry's writing is similar to that of Salman Rushdie, but more accessible. This story is sad but poignant, the characters are dynamic and well developed. If you are not interested in India ... Read full review

Awesome!

User Review  - sunshineindia - Overstock.com

This is like the best book ever. I was so deeply touched and moved its hard to describe. Like the previous reviewer said this book will linger in you mind and heart for long. I am reading it again! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and received, among other awards, the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. A Fine Balance is his second novel, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize as well as a Booker Prize finalist. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.


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