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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Read in September, 2005

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But maybe the most important book I read was Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. To explain why, let me refer also to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, actually a rather devastating book to read because of the unhappy ending for all the characters. They had one happy year, and their happiness was not composed of riches, bliss, adventure, or great success. Instead, it was made up of the daily domestic activities and routine that they experienced together. Similarly, the narrator of Gilead finds that a town where old men can walk in the streets and little boys can play constitutes the real miracle; some would say heaven on earth. These books help me remember to appreciate the routines of the day such as cooking and eating together and to say, “Thank you.” It is oh so easy to only focus on the stress and demands and forget that happiness is right under our noses.
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Jan Rice Update--I am now the owner of a copy of the author's Such A Long Journey. Although I had been advised to read Rohinton Mistry's other books, I didn't think I could because I experienced A Fine Balance as so traumatic. But I read something not too long ago that convinced me I really must read the other book because of something I would learn from it. Now I can't even remember just what I read or what I would learn, something related to the formation of Bangladesh, I think, but when I came across it in the Daedalus catalog, I promptly ordered it. To be read sometime this year, I hope!


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