A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry audiobook

A Fine Balance

By Rohinton Mistry
Read by John Lee

Random House Audio
24.42 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780736698917

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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 1996 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book

Winner of the 1995 Scotiabank Giller Prize

A 1996 Man Booker Prize Finalist

A 1997 International Dublin Literary Award Finalist

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 2001

A USA Today bestseller

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life. Wall Street Journal
“Astonishing…A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life.” Wall Street Journal
"Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical. The New York Times
"Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry. Pico Iyer, Time
“A serious and important work…The product of high intelligence and passionate conviction.” New York Review of Books
“Monumental…Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry.” Time
“Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel…ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Rohinton Mistry

Author Bio: Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and received, among other awards, the Governor General’s Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book of the Year. A Fine Balance, his second novel, won of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, as well as a Booker Prize finalist. Mistry is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 24.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English