I have just finished an amazing book called A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. This book is about the lives of several people in India during the 70s. I was worried that I would not be able to follow the story as I did not know a lot of culture but it does not matter as you get swept up in the trials and tribulations of the characters. I warn you this is not a book that ties the ends up in a pretty little bow but follows truer to life, leaving it ragged and torn. This is a grim book in the topic matter but it is an easy read with it being broken up with moment of devious comedy. It is a sad, beautiful and an interesting read. I do not want to go into the plot too much because I want people to enjoy it for themselves. I think the book can be summed up in a line said by one of the minor characters. “There is always hope – hope enough to balance our despair. Or we would be lost.” I would recommend this book to everyone.
April 15, 2013