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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Mar 05, 08

Read in March, 2007

WOW. Beautiful. Haunting. Sad. Compelling. Interesting. Educational. This book covers the stories of four characters living in India during the mid-70s during a time in which Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a State of Emergency and in its name, countless human rights violations were committed. I am not sure I can say much that would do this book proper justice. It certainly had what I refer to as The Linger Factor. After I finished it, I sat thinking about it for awhile. When I woke up at 5 am and couldn't get back to sleep, I thought about it some more. I thought about it AGAIN while in the shower. Then later, while I was doing my hair and makeup, I pondered even more points, turn of events and the title (which had so much meaning). This book was not an easy read. The author delves into deep detail on each of the main characters back stories. It was tough going because these people did not live happy lives. However, it was important to the overall theme of the book that you truly get inside each of the characters heads so that you fully understand the reasoning and the extent of their actions and choices. To not give the full history on each of them would have made some of the events appear to be melodramatic and it would have been all too easy to paint certain characters as selfish or even villainous in their choices. Instead, it was heartbreaking, because you understood and could feel the humanity of these characters. You knew them and your heart sank and soared with each various plot point. As in life, nothing was black and white with this book. Again with the "wow".
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Julia So true... I couldn't stop thinking about the book after I read it, it just kept coming back and back... It's not a book you can forget easily...


Monique I love your expression "The Linger Factor." It is something I have noted in previous without giving it a name. Thanks for coining the term, and for convincing me to add this book to my "to read" list.


message 3: by Ashley (new) - added it

Ashley This is on my "to read" list.....I couldn't remember why - so I was reviewing what people said and I just wanted to thank you for keeping your review real. Some people get so "carried away" w/ the words that I loose interest in reading their critique. Please have a good day I'm sure I'll be back to chime in on what I think soon! Namaste.


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Bmw78336 I still REREAD it!


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