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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry is a fictictious story about life in India in the 70s although it profiles some earlier times to set the scene. It is about both the sheer cruelty people were treated to under the reign of Indira Ghandi and beyond as well as the human need and ability to find friendship and support. It is about the effects of the caste system and about a despotic government and about industrial progress (to a lesser extent).

From Powells.com
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers — a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village — will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.


Like I said, it is a doorstop and it's a good read but boy is it dark.

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