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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

ISBN: 9781400030651

Title: A Fine Balance

Author: Rohinton Mistry

KDL Description:

November 2001
In India during the mid-1970s, after a “state of internal emergency” is declared, four very different people—a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village’s caste violence—find their lives becoming inextricably intertwined.

Amazon Description:

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.