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“An excellent evocation of a nowmal middle class family in Mumbai during the early 70's, a time of war with Pakistan, formation of the new country of Bangladesh, air raids and anti outsiders sentiment. Had this on my reading queue for a long time before I finally read it, and now I feel Ishould...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Loved the characters- Gustad, Dilnavaz, Dinshawji, Roshan and Tehmul. Mistry sets them in Khodadad Building, with its array of characters and stories, in Bombay in 1971, as Pakistan is warring over what becomes Bangladesh. ”Joanne M wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Makes such a good read. Rohinton Mistry masters the trick to make the most mundane situations seem like poetry. Set in the India of early 1970s, it charts the story of a Parsi family gripped in problems beyond their control. Through, deaths, treachery, friendship, and scores of other emotions, the author takes us through the biggest irony called life. ”Saranga S wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. I felt nostaligic when I read it because it describes Mumbai in the 80s.”Nainesh A Jadwani wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“difficult to get into but the atmosphere felt just right - the heat, the smells, the nois. some of the politics went over my head and not sure how believable it was but got into it and enjoyed the ride”sue c wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mistry's prose is an absolute delight. He has humor and his physical description is worth savoring. The book revolves around the politics of the 70's and largely centers around the 1971 Nagarwala scandal. Remember that? Indira's easy access to the RBI and 'Bangladeshi babu'... ?
Such a long journey is the same book that got into controversy with Bal Thackeray's grandson. Though there are some casual references (factual) to the MNS' ways, hard to see why the grandson wanted to ban Mistry’s work.
If anyone, the INC should have gotten mad about the book and Mistry's description of a country in the wane.
Read the book for its simple and easy-to-read prose, and the Mistry's way of narrating the simplest incident. My favourite part is the way in which he describes a tale in a brothel in about 3 pages. You will know it when you read it. Super stuff.
To sum it up, here is a simple explanation of the author I found in The Guardian --
"Mistry is a writer who’s interested in telling stories . . . stories about the human heart and the human mind and of how we all struggle in this world, whether we are migrants or bank workers, beggars or college students, tailors or pavement artists."”
“The dark side of Indira's era was revealed craftily.”Pragalbha Vasudevan wrote this review Sunday, December 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. The middle class life of a Parsi family in the 70s has been depicted very well. The book is well written and I must say the author's observation of little things middle class families do is very accurate. I also liked how he has intermixed fiction with real time events of the 70s . I strongly recommend this book”Rajiv Bhattacharya wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Unlike Aravind Adiga, Rohinton Mistry aims to create more of a snapshot of lives rather than to build incorrigibly towards a finale. Here the arcs o Mr. Gustad's daughter's diarrhea and the more alarming mix-up of corrupted money are treated as subplots of equal importance (and length). The overall characteristic of the novel seems to be a greater serenity (and more bourgeois characters) than his masterpiece "A Fine Balance", but there are moments of profundity that remain and rise above this... Mr. Mistry chooses a wise snapshot-- a man in the turbulent times of his life, when he is made by ongoing crises to examine himself. It's a good reminder that each of us has quiet, transcendent moments in life.”Wendelle So wrote this review Saturday, October 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great book...A book that beautifully describes human relations...some parts make you really feel sad...Rohinton Mistry has his way again in this book...Arousing the reader's curiosity and then entrancing the reader with his words and characters..Just like his other books A MUST READ”Anuradha Mohankumar wrote this review Wednesday, August 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am sorry to be so negative about this book, as I had great hopes for it. First of all, this book desperately needed an editor to take control and get this book in focus. It was as if the author needed to put everything he ever wanted to write into one book. His digression was unbelievable. The book was drowning in paragraphs of unimportant details. I think the author spent more time digressing than honing in on a strong plot.
In the first half of the book, the characters were wooden; there was no depth or emotion to the writing. The only times that the author truly was able to bring emotion to characters was when death was at hand. The plot was weak and was really over shadowed by the author's digressions. I almost gave up reading this book at the halfway point, but I stayed until the end.
I thought this book would be a great novel set in India. I was so disappointed. It's not that the author can't write; he has a way with words. However, this book was like a rudderless boat, drifting here, there, and everywhere. I was so glad when it finally ended. ”