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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Nov 15, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, international, literary, life-stories
Read in December, 2008

Wow. Out of all the books I've ever read that have been called "Dickensian," this one is by far the most legit and truly Dickensian. It weaves together the lives of a number of Indians in the late 70s, four in particular. It's kind of heartbreaking, but therefore important? It's really kind of about everything - it's a novel with an enormous scope, that only emphasizes how little I know about India. Wow.

Gazing at the bier, Maneck wondered if Avinash's parents had started his funeral procession from the morgue. Or was it permitted to take the body home for prayers? Probably depended on the state of decomposition, and how long it would keep at room temperature. In the unrefrigerated world. Where everything ended badly.

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