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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Jun 01, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: world-lit
Read in January, 2005

I don't know what to say really. Its a tough book I mean, I guess that goes hand in hand with this world being a tough, sad, generally unfair place. Sometimes I can't figure out how to store that all in my heart.

Favorite moments from the book:

"Maneck studied Beggarmaster's excessive chatter, his attmept to hide his heartache. Why did humans do that to their feelings? Whether it was anger love or sadness, they always tried to put something else forward in its place. And then there were those who preteneded their emotions were bigger and grander than anyone else's. A little annoyance they acted out like a gigantic rage; where a smile or chuckle would do, they laughed hysterically. Either way, it was dishonest." p.493

"Two nails plus a length of twine, and the symbolic partition was erected. She stood back, examining each side of the curtain. The lives of the poor were rich in symbols, she decided." p.501

This is the reality of their lives. There is nothing smoothed out or packaged about it. About being a beggar and waiting each day to know what will come and even though I feel heavey with sadness at the end, Mistry says yes, there can be joy, there can be laughter in the midst of it all. Join in, understand, do not be overtaken, do not be consumed, do not rely on yourself. It is worth it to love the ones around you it is worth it to share a smile even if only one everyday. It won't only keep you alive, it will make you live.
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Sarah I agree with everything you say...

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