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Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
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Feb 12, 2011

really liked it
Read from February 12 to August 28, 2011

Glad I finally got around to reading it. Though I grew up in Bombay, the novel is set at a time before I was born. Set with strong opinions on the politics of the time I found it intriguing. The characters are very vivid and unforgettable and the book does a great job of capturing a snapshot of a time in India before the economic changes that brought about an evolution. Coincidentally, at this time now in 2011 the country's middle class is engaged in the same political disillusionment that is highlighted by the book's events and it's sad to realize that the rhetorics in the book are still completely valid. The book is both tragic and uplifting in a way referenced by the dialogue between two friends discussing a sonata one of them used to play: "It sounded so beautiful, tears would almost spring to my eyes. I still can't decide exactly whether it made me feel happy or sad. So hard to describe..."

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