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Publisher's Summary

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall masters from Balzac to 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 a 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.
©1995 Rohinton Mistry; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
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Giller Prize Winner, 1995
"Mistry...needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." (The New York Times)
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By JWeiler on 01-07-03

A Fine Balance

Excellent listen.... Unique and poignant. Don't expect a "feel good" Hollywood happy ending. Unfortunate that it was abridged.

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By Yeshe on 12-12-03

DON'T RENT THIS UNABRIDGED VERSION

This unabridged version of the book loses the nuance and beauty that make Mistry's writing great. The reader may be a wonderful cookbook writer, but she's a bored, flat, and grating as a narrator.

Please join me in protesting the lack of an UNABRIDGED VERSION.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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