With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.
As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
In 1975, in an unidentified Indian city, Mrs Dina Dalal, a financially pressed Parsi widow in her early 40s sets up a sweatshop of sorts in her ramshackle apartment. Determined to remain financially independent and to avoid a second marriage, she takes in a boarder and two Hindu tailors to sew dresses for an export company. As the four share their stories, then meals, then living space, human kinship prevails and the four become a kind of family, despite the lines of caste, class and religion. When tragedy strikes, their cherished, newfound stability is threatened, and each character must face a difficult choice in trying to salvage their relationships.Review:
"'One of India's finest living novelists.' Observer" --Observer
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Vintage International. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 140003065X. Bookseller Inventory # SKU049942
Book Description Vintage International, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New In-Stock Ships Same Day May Have Small Sticker on Book We Ship 7 Days A Week. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000217940
Book Description Vintage International. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 140003065X Ask about discounted shipping available when multiple items are purchased at the same time. FAST, RELIABLE, GUARANTEED and happily SHIPPED WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY!. Bookseller Inventory # BX16-1114
Book Description Random House Inc, 2001. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9781400030651
Book Description Vintage International, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life." --Wall Street Journal "A serious and important work . . . the product of high intelligence and passionate conviction." --New York Review of Books "Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry." --Pico Iyer, Time "Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." --The New York Times. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_140003065X
Book Description Book Condition: New. Online seller with tens of thousands of transactions on other marketplaces. All items ship within 24 hrs of purchase. Our prices may be a bit higher because our SERVICE and our PRODUCT is a bit better than most. All items are hand selected and carefully inspected. Remember, you get what you pay for! Customer satisfaction guranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # 29H5NT000158
Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 140003065X
Book Description Vintage International 11/30/2001, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 140003065X Excellent condition, paperback 1997, no marks, great cover, readit, VG+. Bookseller Inventory # BWOR-04196
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 140003065XBNA
Book Description VINTAGE BOOKS, 2001. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781400030651