A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) by Rohinton Mistry

By Rohinton Mistry

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that remember the paintings of Charles Dickens, this exceptional novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban via the ocean. the govt has simply declared a kingdom of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender pupil uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, compelled to proportion one cramped condo and an doubtful destiny. because the characters circulation from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, a very good stability creates an everlasting landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.

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Of course, absolutely,” said Ruby, taking her hand and squeezing it. Nodding, Dina went to the kitchen and began making a package of the leftover pulao-dal. ” Dina shook her head. “No sense wasting this food. ” Later, Nusswan would say to whomever he was recounting the events that he was really impressed with the dignified way his sister had behaved on that cruel night. ” But he also remembered their mother’s dignity on a similar occasion, and the disintegration that had followed in its wake.

Dina rested her head against his shoulder. ” Rustom drew her close and hugged her. ” Then he gave the nameplate another shine with his sleeve. While they were admiring it, two handcarts rolled up and stopped by their door, laden with things from the Shroff residence. At first, Rustom had arranged for a small lorry because Dina had requested Nusswan to let her have Daddy’s huge wardrobe, the one with the carved rosewood canopy of a sunburst and flowers. She would forgo everything else, she said, for this one item.

Rustom and Dina, however, had simpler preferences. The wedding took place in the morning. At Dina’s request, it was a quiet ceremony in the same fire-temple where her parents’ prayers were performed on each death anniversary. Dustoor Framji, old and stoop-shouldered, watched from the shadows, upset that he had not been asked to conduct the marriage rites. Time was slowing him down, and the flesh of young women was rarely caught now in his once-dexterous embraces. But the name of Dustoor Daab-Chaab clung to his autumnal years even as all else was withering.

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