By Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that bear in mind the paintings of Charles Dickens, this incredible novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban via the ocean. the govt has simply declared a kingdom of Emergency, in whose upheavals 4 strangers--a lively widow, a tender scholar uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and tailors who've fled the caste violence in their local village--will be thrust jointly, pressured to percentage one cramped condo and an doubtful destiny. because the characters movement from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, a good stability creates a permanent landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.
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A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) by Rohinton Mistry