Apr 292010

The title refers to the fine balance between hope and despair for four Indians surviving emergency rule, poverty, and the caste system in India ruthless crackdown on disorder by Indira Ghandi during during the 1970s . The chaos of the street appears mostly offstage while the action occurs like a play in the tiny house of Dinabai, a widow trying to live independently after her eyes fail. She takes on a boarding student and two tailors to generate revenue. Mistry’s writing took my heart from my body and placed it in the toiling hands of the four protagonists struggling against unfathomable odds. Both sweeping in scope and microcosmic in its examination of daily life this is writing that in my opinion is destined for a Nobel Prize in literature. November, 2005.

  2 Responses to “A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry **** (of 4)”

  1. […] of filth, corruption, poverty, and disease we get the point. After 140 pages, enough already. Read A Fine Balance, instead. That book covers much of the same despair and hope, but is a written by a future Nobel […]

  2. […] 50 pages of this book. Nevertheless, the fictional account of life in India’s lower castes, A Fine Balance by Rohatyn Mistry, is ten times more informative and hundred times more interesting. “Untouchables: My […]

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