By Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that remember the paintings of Charles Dickens, this fabulous novel captures all of the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. where is an unnamed urban by way of 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 proportion one cramped residence and an doubtful destiny. because the characters movement from mistrust to friendship and from friendship to like, a superb stability creates a permanent landscape of the human spirit in an inhuman kingdom.
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When Dina had finished her bath, he fetched a roll of black electrical tape and fastened the plaits to her hair. “You will wear them like this,” he said. ” She wished she had thrown the wretched things away in the school toilet. It felt like dead rats were hanging from her head. Next morning, she secretly took the roll of tape to school. The plaits were pulled off before going to class. It was painful, with the black tape clutching hard. When school was over, she fixed them back with Zenobia’s help.
A Fine Balance (Oprah's Book Club) by Rohinton Mistry