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A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles 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 one 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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GatheringBooks
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#BookMoods Day 7: This tome has #600PlusPages in total. Perfect for our #DecolonizeBookshelves2022 reading theme.

Sapphire I loved this book 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent 🙌🏻📚 3w
vlwelser ❤❤❤❤ 3w
Eggs 💗📚👍🏼 3w
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Frankies.space
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Pickpick

Maneck (student), Dina (independent woman), Om & Ishvar (tailors) live together during the India Emergency.

DrexEdit I've read this one at least twice. I really like it! 5mo
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DivineDiana
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This book is a masterpiece. One I will not soon forget. At the same time, it is not one that I will lovingly choose to reread. It is tragic,wild and hopeless. There are brief glimmers of happiness. One such part involved a meal eaten together by people of different castes. Recognizing that some guests did not use forks, the hostess joined in with her fingers. Themes: injustice, politics in India, greed, women,culture. Not a fine balance to me.

EvieBee Diana, beautiful review of a book I‘ve been meaning to read for at least the last 15 years. 6mo
DivineDiana @EvieBee Thank you. There are just so many, many books that we desire to read! Happy Reading in the New Year! 6mo
Ruthiella I loved this one too. 6mo
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LeahBergen Wonderful review and I totally agree about this book‘s greatness. 6mo
Reggie I have already stacked this book or would have stacked right now. Great review, Diana! 6mo
DivineDiana @Ruthiella Not quite a love for me. More an appreciation. 6mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen @Reggie Thank you, my friends! ☺️ 6mo
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DivineDiana
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Next IRL Book Club choice. Another chunkster! And I can‘t support my effort with audio. Not available on Hoopla or Libby. Not sure if this is going to put me in the Holiday Spirit! 🤔😂🤷🏼‍♀️

vlwelser That's one of my favorites. 7mo
Tamra Such an amazing reading experience! 7mo
DivineDiana @vlwelser Thank you, Vanessa! I need the encouragement! 🙂 7mo
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Mitch One of my all time favourites! 7mo
DivineDiana @Tamra I am glad to know that! 🙂 7mo
DivineDiana @Mitch Thank you! I am starting to get excited! 7mo
LeahBergen It‘s so good! 👍 7mo
BarbaraBB Its‘s such a good story ❤️ 7mo
DivineDiana @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Now, I know that I will love it! Thank you! ❤️ 7mo
mandarchy I'm just curious, how many library cards do you have on Libby? I found out that other libraries will give you e-cards to use with Libby so I now have 3, but apparently I could get several more. It's helped me get the book I'm looking for, especially since now I'm connected to a bigger city. 7mo
DivineDiana Only my resident township allows me to borrow through Libby or Hoopla. My neighboring libraries do let me check out actual books. 7mo
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Nute
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#FallTreasures - A Gifted Book: Occasionally someone gives you a book for no reason at all. You are surprised because that person is not a reader and, yet, somehow they managed to pick out a really good book. I had kind of given up on Oprah‘s Book Club by the time that this book was published and then released in paperback because Oprah was always recommending sorrow-filled broke-down stories filled with sad and stuck people.👇🏽

Nute I read it anyway because the gift-giver was my Mother. My Mother who doesn‘t hang out in bookstores or libraries. My Mother who hasn‘t picked up a book for pleasurable reading in years. My mother who likes to ask 20 Questions about my reading habits. I was so astonished that there was nothing else to do but start reading it on the spot. I‘m glad that I did because this book is actually quite brilliant, sad&heartbreaking, but brilliant nonetheless! (edited) 9mo
Suet624 Love this post. Thank you for sharing. 9mo
Ruthiella Yes, I often avoided Oprah recommendations because of her predilection for brutally tragic books. But I loved this one too. 9mo
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Leftcoastzen One of my favorite people has recommended it to me several times. Need to get to it. 9mo
Tamra I loved the experience of this book! 9mo
Eggs Great review and story❤️👏🏻❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts ❤️💔the characters! 9mo
andrew61 A great story, thanks for sharing. One of my favourite books. 9mo
Nute @Suet624 Thank you, Ms. Sue!💕 9mo
Nute @Ruthiella “Brutally tragic books” - a very fitting description. I have been reading some of her recent selections…she seems to have lighten the preference definition for book choices. Whew!😥 9mo
Nute @Leftcoastzen It‘s an excellent story! Let me know how you get on.🙂 9mo
Nute @Tamra Agreed! It left a mark! 9mo
Nute Thanks, Sherri! The prompts were so much fun for September. I wish that I could have completed them all!💕 @Eggs and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 9mo
Nute @Cathythoughts The journeys we take as readers… Walking a mile in another person‘s shoes is definitely an eye opening and possibly very sad moment. 9mo
Nute @andrew61 I almost missed out on this story, Andrew! Glad my Mom was looking out that day. Now you and I share a favorite book!😃 9mo
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Beatlefan129
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Man, this was bleak. After getting to know these characters and seeing all the ways they‘re connected, you hope for a positive ending for at least one of them— but no such luck. I was actually kind of relieved when it was over so I can get away from all the sadness. TW for animal deaths.

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Rissreads
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I didn‘t want this book to end and now that it has I am feeling very empty. It‘s rare for me to mourn the end of a book but that‘s how deeply I felt for these characters. Stunning! ♥️

Blaire This is an all-time favorite of mine. 12mo
MrsMalaprop Oh, such a wonderful novel. 💕😭❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 the characters ❤️💔 12mo
Centique This is getting close to the top of my TBR! 12mo
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sprainedbrain
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One of those rare, deeply affecting, carefully plotted, gorgeously written novels that truly everyone should read. The story of 4 very different people thrown together in 1970s India during Emergency, it‘s tragic with moments of comedy & flashes of joy. I spent some time learning about the time period & the caste system in India, & through my reading journey became friends with these characters. I was left sobbing & amazed.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this too ❤️💔 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. This is a great read! 💔 13mo
Tamra A favorite! 13mo
Lcsmcat This is on my TBR. 13mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks One of my favorites! 13mo
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danni0075
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A work colleague gave me this book, I read it on holiday. It follows the lives of 4 different characters in modern India. Its about the corruption and misery of life whilst being completely mesmerizing and engrossing. As it reaches it's climax I dare you to try and put it down! I sat on a beach in Majorca, oblivious to all else until I had finished it then I sat on the beach and sobbed. It isn't over sentimental however... just read it.

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Kaylamburson
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Just placed a last minute Independent Bookstore Day order! I had never heard of A Fine Balance, but saw someone post about it on a Facebook group today and saw that it has a 4.34 rating on Goodreads out of 135k reviews, so seemed like a must try! And I've been excited for Turton's new book since finishing 7 1/2 Deaths!

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rakeshpm
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A towering masterpiece. One of the best novels about india. The story had me gripped. Everyone should read it.

Cathythoughts I agree with you ❤️💔 1y
rakeshpm @Cathythoughts Thank you so much. The fate of the main characters still makes me sad. 1y
DrexEdit Agreed! 😊 1y
rakeshpm @DrexEdit Glad that you agree. True this is a great novel :) 1y
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rakeshpm
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Almost finished. On page 524. What a novel!!!

Cathythoughts I loved this book ❤️👏🏻So good 1y
rakeshpm @Cathythoughts so true. The characters are still in my mind. Anxious to know what will happen in the end. 1y
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rakeshpm
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Enjoyed so far. On page 353.

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anushareflects
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A tragic, heart-breaking, brilliantly written book. The writing is beautiful and provoking, the character descriptions are rich, and the story poignant. It teaches you about the resilience of humanity, hope, and ironically at the same time, a lot about grief & how we each shoulder it in our own specific way. The narrator of the audiobook was phenomenal. Note, this is on BBC‘s list of 100 books to read before you die, and I could not agree more.

nishaagni I second this review. If there's a book that absolutely everyone has to read, it's A Fine Balance. Loved it! 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! I read this recently too & loved it. The characters made it for me ❤️ 2y
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anushareflects
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I started this promising book by Rohinton Mistry. Just having completed the first chapter I found the descriptions so wonderfully written, it paints a mental picture! Can‘t wait to read more. Thanks @nishaagni for the wonderful recommendation (again).

nishaagni You're welcome. :) I really enjoyed this book. It makes you look at life from a new perspective. 2y
Cathythoughts I just finished this recently .... excellent book 👍🏻❤️💔 2y
anushareflects @nishaagni @Cathythoughts That‘s so great to hear, I‘m all the more excited now to read it! 2y
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Cathythoughts
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1. Book tagged
2. Halloween Pic of my son & his daughter
3. I‘m going with Carrie .... I saw it in college & it was pretty amazing .... the cinema closed years ago ... the memories are precious

Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm for the tag
Hi 👋 Sherri @Eggs

#WondrousWednesday

erzascarletbookgasm Great make up for Halloween 👍 2y
batsy The Halloween look is very cool! 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy Thanks! That was a couple of years ago now ... I think she‘s a vampire this year 😮👻 2y
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LeahBergen Love that photo! 2y
Eggs Great photo! Ah yes Carrie 😱 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks 👻 2y
Cathythoughts @Eggs Thanks! Wasn‘t Carrie really something at the time 😳😳😳 2y
Eggs Yessss-I screamed. Probably my first horror film @Cathythoughts 2y
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Cathythoughts
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‘One day you must tell me your full and complete story, unabridged and unexpurgated. You must. We will set aside some time for it, and meet. It‘s very important.‘
Maneck smiled. ‘Why is it important ? ‘
Mr. Valmiks‘s eyes grew wide. ‘You don‘t know ?
It‘s extremely important because it helps to remind yourself of who you are. Then you can go forward, without fear of losing yourself in this ever-changing world.‘

I‘m left with sorrow & wonder.

TrishB Lovely ♥️ I may read this when I next have a couple of days off. 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘d love to hear your thoughts Trish. 👍🏻❤️. I hope your ok , looks bad for all of us at the moment ... hopefully people will cop on & do the basics ! 2y
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Tanisha_A Beautiful! Looking forward to get to this. ❤️ 2y
JennyM That sounds beautiful x 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Isn‘t it a masterpiece? ❤️💔❤️ 2y
runswithscissors007 All I could think when I finished this is “this is so big” on so many levels. 2y
AceOnRoam This is my favourite book ❤🤗💔🥺 ever... 2y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A It‘s so good! Look forward to your thoughts when you get there ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @JennyM it‘s really good Jenny. A heartbreaker ❤️💔 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Yes ! An absolute masterpiece ❤️💔 2y
Cathythoughts @runswithscissors007 Yes , that‘s it exactly.... it‘s brilliant 2y
Cathythoughts @AceOnRoam I can see why .... I‘ll never forget these characters.... ❤️💔 2y
Butterfinger I was left with more depression than hope, but I agree with its brilliance. 2y
TrishB I really wish Cathy 🤞🏻 but we have a history in this city of taking no notice of Tory governments. It‘s people‘s lives ☹️ 2y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous quote that captures the feeling of the book perfectly 💚 2y
Ruthiella I thought it was interesting that Maneck was the one ultimately unable to cope...even though he was less affected. 2y
Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Yes good point. He was such a lovely friendly young man & he witnessed so much. I wonder what happened in Dubai , he was there for so many years. He did write ( before he left) to Dina , that his time with her & Ishvar & Om was the happiest in his life 2y
Cathythoughts @Barbarabb It‘s a lovely quote ❤️💔 such a great book (edited) 2y
LeahBergen I may reread this one day. ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen There‘s so much in it 👍🏻❤️... I might too , I only finished & as I flick back through the pages , I already feel I‘ve missed pieces ... or did it land with me as I read it. Such beautiful writing 2y
MsMelissa Such an amazing book! 2y
Cathythoughts @Butterfinger it‘s a difficult read , very sad and full of love too. And yes , brilliant 2y
Cathythoughts @Book_Fiend_Melissa Absolutely! Powerful. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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Thankyou ! @KVanRead for the tag

1. Historical/fiction/human/ characters/love
2. Well , maybe more than a day ... but I do love a bit of shopping ... books , clothes ... online these days
3. Oh , back to the year my father was born ... early 1900‘s
#wondrouswednesday
I tag @JillR @TrishB @squirrelbrain @JennyM
Hi Sherri 😘 @Eggs

squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag! Shopping.... seems like forever since we were able to do that properly! 2y
JennyM Thanks for the tag - I haven‘t been shopping for what feels like decades! 2y
Eggs Oh yes early 1900s! I often think about that as my father was born in 1910 and mother in 1913. I‘m so used to online shopping now that it feels normal all the time 2y
KVanRead 1.: Such a great book! One of my all time favorites. 2y
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m on chapter 6 & this one is going well ... although I don‘t think I‘ve ever cried so much over a story ... very good ✨✨✨✨✨

TrishB Oh I like a good cry over a book! 2y
andrew61 One of my favourite books Cathy. I envy you reading it for the first time. 2y
Freespirit This was a tough one for me I remember 2y
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sarahbarnes I‘ve had Such a Long Journey by him on my TBR forever. I may have to add this one as well. 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB This book is for you so 😭 2y
Cathythoughts @andrew61 It‘s very good 👍🏻✨ 2y
Cathythoughts @Freespirit not for the faint hearted 👍🏻❤️💔 2y
Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes Oh !! I must look up your one Long Journey 👍🏻( just stacked it 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 2y
LeahBergen I really liked Such a Long Journey, too (but A Fine Balance is still my fave 😆). And what a lovely wrap/scarf! 2y
KVanRead One of my favorite books of all time ❤️ 2y
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bekakins
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Wow. This was a GREAT read. Horribly horribly grim, but compelling and fantastic character development.

And scored a line in #bookspinbingo with this in the September board and another on August 😁 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 2y
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nishaagni
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How does one define tragedy? What quantifies as "true suffering"? How do people who've experienced such hardships, find hope amidst all the darkness?

This book made me confront all these questions. Such a heartbreaking book, an ode to the suffering life dishes up.

This book is about a group of down on luck people who come together out of compulsion, but stay together out of love.

There's so much tragedy here. Not for the faint of heart!

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KVanRead
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1) The tagged book is one of my all time favorites.
2) Yes - Jhumpa Lahiri and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni to name two.
3) Love Indian food and all the vegan options 🌱 We‘re lucky to have lots of great choices near us. One of our favorites is called Curry Up Now! 😊

Happy Independence Day! 🇮🇳 @Blackink_WhitePaper

Tagging @ChasingOm and @Emilymdxn and anyone else who wants to join. #IntegrateYourShelf

LeahBergen I ❤️ A Fine Balance! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐😊 2y
KVanRead @LeahBergen Still think of it all the time! 2y
KVanRead @Blackink_WhitePaper It was fun! And great for my TBR 😂 2y
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vlwelser
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Thanks for the tag @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
#Indianindependenceday
@Blackink_WhitePaper

1. I have lots to choose from but I tagged my favorite.
2. Lol. Yes. I like books about other cultures.
3. Yes.Samosas are my favorite. But I'll eat anything.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'll have to check the books out. Earlier this year I've realized how "white" I've been reading, despite my interest in other cultures and countries. I'm slowly building up my list of countries read. Thanks for playing! 2y
vlwelser @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick If you're looking for others, The Henna Artist was really good. I also really liked The Widows of Malabar Hill. Unmarriageable is a fun P&P retelling. 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Awesome! Thank you for the recs. I found an article of 121 books and I was like thank for narrowing them down! 2y
ChasingOm Ooh, this one sounds great! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐💐😊 2y
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Ruthiella
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🇮🇳 1. Tagged! I loved this book by Rohinton Mistry. The heavy themes of the novel in the hands of another author might have turned me off but Mistry got it just right IMO. 🧐

🇮🇳 2. I‘ve read and enjoyed many other books by Indian authors. Too many to name!😀

🇮🇳 3. I love Indian food! I particularly appreciate how easy it is to eat lots of vegetables dishes. 😋

Thanks for the tag @Klou 😍

Klou You're welcome! 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 🙌🏻💐💐 2y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. A Fine Balance- it's been years since I read this book but I still think about it.
2. I'm sure I have but Rohinton Mistry is the one coming to mind.
3. I love Indian food! I really love indian buffets because they give you a chance to try lots of different things
@Blackink_WhitePaper
#indianindependenceday
@Jerdencon @4thhouseontheleft

Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for playing 💐 2y
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Loretta
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Hi, just completely demolish my faith in humanity why don‘t you? I need more time to chew on this but 5 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Loretta
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Speaking very strongly to the nostalgic in me.

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Loretta
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Burning the midnight oil, trying to get through this for Zoom Book Club on Thursday.

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Loretta
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Just begun while I do some home Renovations and the like. Really draws you in. And I love John Lee as a narrator.

MayJasper I was very moved and astounded by this book. 2y
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Blaire
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#7days7books Day 6: Books that have had a deep impact and changed me. Can‘t keep track of who is already participating but tagging @Erofan and @andrew61

LeahBergen Yesss! Loved this one. ❤️ 2y
Blaire @LeahBergen it has stayed with me for years. I think it was the first book set in India that I ever read and it is still so vivid. 2y
Tamra Sooo good. Long overdue for a reread for sure. 2y
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BarbaraBB Such a good one. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm This is such a good read! 2y
andrew61 Thanks for inviting me, i will definitely have a go although need to have a think and this book would definitely have been a contender. Those tailors, even thinking about them now i can't believe everything that happened! 2y
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Parvez
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Reread this masterpiece again. Hats off Rohinton Mistry for creating such wonderful charecters. Dina, Ishvar, Omprakash, Maneck. They will all stay with me for the rest of my life. I know I will be reading it again and again. Such a great book.

Redwritinghood Wonderful book 2y
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Parvez
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LOL🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Parvez
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Reareading A fine balance.
One of my all time favourite.
"Stories of suffering are no fun when we are the main characters"

MayJasper Great quote. I found that book deeply moving. 2y
Blaire I adore this book. 2y
Redwritinghood Love this book. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A compelling and moving book that depicts the lives of the powerless during the State of Emergency in India, mid 1970s. I was outraged by many parts- the cruel caste system, corruptions, violent deaths, and oppressive government policies attacking the poor and homeless such as slums wipe-out, forced sterilisations.. ⬇️

#chunksterchallenge2020
#Booked2020 #SetInIndiaSouthernAsia
#jennyis30 #literary

erzascarletbookgasm ..(continue) The vast cast of characters are very interesting and I had come to love the four protagonists. It‘s a tough, bleak read but beautifully written with wisdom, humanity, hope, and even humour despite the horrors. All the ⭐️s. 2y
Cinfhen Our bookclub read this years ago... it was universally loved but not an easy read. I almost bailed so many times because of it‘s length and heavy subject matter but the others kept encouraging me to finish. The book I couldn‘t finish was 2y
MrsMalaprop Wonderful book 📖❤️😭😍. 2y
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Butterfinger It was a hard book for me. I was so depressed by the time I got to the end. 2y
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2y
Cathythoughts Nice review! Long book ! Well done 👍🏻❤️ 2y
BarbaraBB Excellent review. 2y
Kalalalatja Great review! 2y
Amiable Great review! And congratulations on completing your #chunksterchallenge2020 ! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
NeedsMoreBooks This is a difficult but necessary read. Thank you for the review 💖 2y
LeahBergen A great review of a wonderful book. 💙💙 2y
ljuliel Excellent book . 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Amiable thanks! I‘m glad I picked this chunkster. Can we start another big book for the challenge? 2y
Amiable @erzascarletbookgasm Sure! You can do as many as you want! 🙂 My only goal with creating this challenge was to encourage people to read —and finish—those big books that might seem intimidating. Spread the chunkster love! 😀 (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen And I really loved Shantaram. But it was LOooooooNNNgg. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @erzascarletbookgasm This sounds somewhat like another depressing but important book about Indian people. 2y
Cinfhen Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a beautiful book @BarbaraTheBibliophage @erzascarletbookgasm but it‘s an #InfiniteTissueRead 😭😭 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The four main characters in the novel constantly juggle, adapt, and balance, as they navigate their lives. Survival is a balancing act.

The genius of Mistry‘s writing. There are horrific instances balanced with fleeting moments of happiness and hope.

#chunksterchallenge2020

Leftcoastzen One of my friends adored this book , I need to get to it. 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
Amiable It‘s a great read, isn‘t it? 👍🏼 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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One of the many striking quotes in the tagged book.

AvidReader25 This has been on my TBR for way too long! 2y
Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻❤️ 2y
batsy Such a good book 🙌🏽 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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Now that I‘ve caught up with #Shakespearereadalong for the week, I want to make a dent on the tagged book. There‘s a struggling widow trying to make ends meet, two poor, of low-caste tailors looking for a living in a big city, and a university student who left his hometown to pursue his studies. These four unlikely characters‘ lives come together amidst a political upheaval. Beautiful writing!

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders This book is wonderful. A life-changing experience. I listened to it and John Lee was awesome as the narrator. 2y
Mitch I read this one summer sitting in the sun on the garden bench. It‘s a book that lives with you a long time. 2y
AmyG Excellent book. 2y
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LeahBergen I loved this book. ❤️❤️ 2y
NeedsMoreBooks I read this few years back. It is very powerful 💖 2y
rachaich Really enjoyed this book. 😊😊 2y
Redwritinghood Love this book! 2y
TrishB Have this ready for hopefully holidays this year!! From @LeahBergen so we know it will be excellent! Look forward to your review. 2y
Jas16 I loved this book. 2y
Tamra Love this one! Overdue for a reread. 2y
Amiable Hope you‘re enjoying your chunkster! I loved this one. (edited) 2y
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xicanti
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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I went on a Super Bowl Avoidance Tour tonight, since it‘s kinda awkward when your living room is full of football people and you aren‘t invested enough to hang out with them. First stop: my local Goodwill, which just reopened after a fire destroyed it last March! Some areas were still pretty sparse, but they had plenty of books, none of which I bought. (I did get awesome gloves for $1.25.)

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clarissap83
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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This book was beautiful to read, but also difficult. It follows the stories of several characters whose lives intertwine, albeit through tragedies over the course of several decades. It's not all sad though. Beautiful friendships are formed and families created between people unrelated.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 3y
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clarissap83 @LeeRHarry Thanks for the warm welcome! 3y
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clarissap83 @CarolynM thank you! Looking forward to lots of happy reading! 3y
ljuliel Welcome 🌸 3y
Eggbeater Great review! Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 3y
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! Great to have you! 🤗 3y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy 🤗 3y
Rissreads It's sitting on my shelf. Maybe I will get to it next year..... 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🎈 3y
clarissap83 @Eggs thank you x 3y
clarissap83 @Rissreads it's devastating, but I loved it. Hope you get to it sooner rather than later. 😊 3y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This is an eye-opening look at a fairly modern India. The only reading exposure I‘ve had to India has been through the historical novels of M. M. Kaye, but I did see familiar phrases and customs in this book. The plight of the impoverished is horrifying; made me really glad to be an American!

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Butterfinger
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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I spent several months reading this book. Slowly, because of a goodreads forum and I didn't want to jump ahead of everyone and accidentally leave spoilers.

Dina, Ishvar, Om, and Maneck became close to me. Almost similar to watching your favorite couple on a soap opera. I cried with them (and there was a lot of sadness), I laughed with them, I feared for them. And to have it end the way it did - WWHHYYY?
So much violence for those in poverty.

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Butterfinger
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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Hospital waiting room -baby sister had surgery and bed. Ended with 5 hours and 37 minutes. #24b4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 A great time 👏👏👏 and hope things went well. 😊👍 3y
jb72 I hope all is well with your sister. Good start! 3y
Butterfinger Thank you @Andrew65 and @jb72. She had to have a hysterectomy at a very young age and she is doing well. 3y
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Petelord
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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Wonderful book with truly amazing characters

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sjruff
A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry

Wonderful, but devastating story set in India during National Emergency in 1975.

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