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Publisher 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.

Fiction & Literature
April 16
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

tskwambane ,

Emotional rollercoaster

I read this book a while ago and was entranced from page 2. I couldn't put it down. Each chapter contained a plethora of intense pain and agony to unbridled joy. The emotional rollercoaster just sucked me in and I became a Mistry fan.

What a beautiful story of lives intertwined in the pressure-cooker of a developing society, amidst the turmoil of prejudice and civil unrest. I recommend "A fine balance".

Chaps tapa ,

A fine balance

Good writing, but every page is more depressing then the one before. If you would like to read about most horrible things that can happen to humans this book is for you. I had very hard time finishing this book. I would not recommend this book.

Chris3567733 ,

A Fine Depression

Very well written with some interesting insights into India's struggles. But god - what a depressing story. Nothing goes right for these characters - ever. I was so disappointed in the ending that I wish I hadn't wasted the time and money reading this dirge of a novel.

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