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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
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Mar 30, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, religion

I put off reading this book after a friend gave it to me because I thought it would be depressing. India, abject poverty, beggars, brutality, the caste sytstem--what's not to like, right? And, yes, it was horrifically sad, but also sweepingly wonderful and powerful. In Mistry's book, four characters come together, their lives intertwined during the Indira Gandhi's Emergency in the 1970s. I learned a lot about that period and I also fell in love with these characters who found a reason to hope, despite the most daunting odds. This book made me feel very fortunate for the all I take for granted in my life. It's intense and raw, but simply lovely and, after you finish, you feel it continue throbbing in you like a deep wound.

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