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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Feb 04, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in July, 2000

"(The secret to survival) is to maintain a balance between hope and despair".

This quote between two strangers on a train in 1975 India. This devastating novel chronicles the intersecting of four lives during Indira Ghandi's Emergency measures, which included mass sterilization,
work camps and slum demolitions, just to name a few.
This novel was a real eye-opener to the gross injustices against the poor and helpless during this time. If you have any interest in India or
the caste system this is a must read. But be forewarned: it can be very depressing.
Yet, as depressing as it is, it's uplifting how these characters not only endure their hardships, but endure with generosity and compassion.

This novel is a testament to how the human spirit can prevail through hopelessness and despair, and I feel I'm a better person for having read it.
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