“Another sad but gripping story from Rohinton Mistry about a Parsi family in Mumbai. Makes you laugh and makes you sob..”see full review » see other reviews »
“Another sad but gripping story from Rohinton Mistry about a Parsi family in Mumbai. Makes you laugh and makes you sob..”Supriya wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ALthough I do enjoy books by this author quite a bit, this one seemed to drag. It is the story of a family dealing with the impending death of their elderly father and the relationships between siblings and spouses during this time. For the most part the story held my interest, maybe it was the subject matter that made it seem to go on forever. I'm not sure I would reccomend this book, but I would definitly reccomend the author.”C.A. Silva wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On many levels this is a truly brilliant book. It is epic in scope, often beautifully written and covers vast swathes of the most fascinating and horrific aspects of modern India with vision and vitality. But ultimately I cannot give it a high rating. It presents such an unpleasant view of humanity for 600+ unremitting pages, that it almost unbearable to read. Rightly or wrongly I guess that in novels I imagine that ultimately good behaviour will be rewarded, and that there'll be some subtly cliched 'light at the end of the tunnel', some little 'ray of hope', but in this book it NEVER comes. If I want to be this depressed again in the future I'll just switch on the news.”Claudia I wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wonderful book!”Antwan A wrote this review Tuesday, December 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Difficult family circumstances arise when an aging father has mobility and health issues. Two well-off children that were living with the father that did all they could (including theft, lying and scheming) to avoid the burdens of helping the father. Another relatively poor daughter with a husband and two kids, and no extra space in their two room apartment, takes the father in. She and her family care for him in very trying circumstances until his death. The book examines and contrasts this relatively poor but happy family with the wealthier but unloving sibs.
In addition, there is contrast down the line after the caring daughter's family's circumstances improve. A poignant scene at the end has one of the kids, living in much grander physical circumstances, finds himself longing for the better times when his grandfather lived with them.
Of course, the satisfying message is a nice play on two different ways to read the title; with either "family matters" as the noun, or "family" as the noun.
“A story that follows the ups and downs of a Parsi family in Bombay. Rather a sad story but a good read.”Autumn F wrote this review Wednesday, May 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A prsee story ”shantanudutta wrote this review Friday, April 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Blah ”Louisa M wrote this review Monday, February 27, 2012. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No