A Fine Balance

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Faber & Faber, 1997 - Apartment houses - 614 pages
Set in mid-1970s India, 'A Fine Balance' is a subtle and compelling narrative about four unlikely characters who come together in circumstances no one could have foreseen soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. It is a breathtaking achievement; panoramic yet humane, intensely political yet rich with local delight; and, above all, compulsively readable.

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"After all, our lives are but a sequence of accidents-a clanking chain of chance events. A string of choices, casual or deliberate, which add up to that one big calamity we call life." Set in 1975 in ... Read full review

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Epic story of intertwining lives of multiple castes in 1960's India. A review of the real lives of the various caste members and the impact of the special emergency measures and government corruption on their daily lives. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

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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