Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag

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Vintage International, 1987 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay. Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a middle-class Indian community poised between the old ways and the new.

"A fine collection...the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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Mistry as a writer has a remarkable eye with which he layers his character so distinctly. In this collection of shorts you move into living, loving and feasting with the Parsi's. Great read, and surely will be reading more Mistry in the future. Read full review

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I've wanted to read Mistry's work for a while, but never seemed to get around to it. This collection of stories was the perfect introduction to a very talented author. He captures life in the Parsi ... Read full review

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Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay in 1952 and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He began writing stories in 1983 while a student at the University of Toronto. His books recount everyday life in India. Titles include Tales From Firozsha Baag, a collection of short stories, and A Fine Balance, a novel. Mistry's first novel, Such a Long Journey, received several awards, including the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize and for the Trillium Award.

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