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A Fine Balance (English Edition) von [Mistry, Rohinton]

A Fine Balance (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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In 1975, in an unidentified Indian city, Mrs Dina Dalal, a financially pressed Parsi widow in her early 40s sets up a sweatshop of sorts in her ramshackle apartment. Determined to remain financially independent and to avoid a second marriage, she takes in a boarder and two Hindu tailors to sew dresses for an export company. As the four share their stories, then meals, then living space, human kinship prevails and the four become a kind of family, despite the lines of caste, class and religion. When tragedy strikes, their cherished, newfound stability is threatened, and each character must face a difficult choice in trying to salvage their relationships.

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In 1975, in an unidentified Indian city, Mrs Dina Dalal, a financially pressed Parsi widow in her early 40s sets up a sweatshop of sorts in her ramshackle apartment. Determined to remain financially independent and to avoid a second marriage, she takes in a boarder and two Hindu tailors to sew dresses for an export company. As the four share their stories, then meals, then living space, human kinship prevails and the four become a kind of family, despite the lines of caste, class and religion. When tragedy strikes, their cherished, newfound stability is threatened, and each character must face a difficult choice in trying to salvage their relationships.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1687 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 628 Seiten
  • Verlag: Faber & Faber; Auflage: New edition (20. November 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RI9ZSG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen 121 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #40.814 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Von Holger K. VINE-PRODUKTTESTER am 11. September 2009
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"A fine balance" starts with slightly confusing and totally unnecessary time shifts which fail to give the story dynamics or some kind of percieved structural quality the author might have intended and is just a little annoying. But this is not too bad since the main characters quickly win the readers heart and suck him into the story.
Unfortunately it is the storyline that lacks quality: too many bad things happen to the same people - this is no more credible. The end is simply not only sad but depressing. I suppose Mistry just wanted to include too many of the ugly aspects of Indian life in one book. He certainly is capable to write a great novel but failed this time.
Well, it is just a novel, a made-up reality, maybe Mistry`s one. But it is not mine. I have seen a lot of hardship and poverty in India, but there is much more than that. My India fascinates by its huge and cruel contrasts. Mistry only shows the dark sides.
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I obviously missed the point of A Fine Balance. Other readers here have raved about how this novel captures "that fine balance between hope and sorrow," etc., but what I read was an incredibly depressing story about a few characters with hopeless lives who are subject to endless acts of pain. In the beginning it wasn't so bad -- I thought, "Okay, here are a few nasty things that these characters have to deal with. It's all part of the character and plot development." But IT NEVER ENDS, and eventually any progress that the characters or the story actually achieve comes crumbling down under the weight of the ridiculous events that the characters are made to endure. Near the end, I started skipping the acts of torture out of sheer annoyance. I wish someone would enlighten me about what really makes this book so wonderful.
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A stunning novel set in modern India, sometimes funny, often shocking, mostly heartbreakingly sad. At times it is almost unbearable to witness the characters' unending struggle for a minimum of security and wellbeing. Whenever things start looking up, fate deals them another cruel blow. There is no happy ending but - strangely - the one person who still has reason for hope gives up while those whose life's dreams are utterly shattered carry on, seeming to have found the fine balance between hope and despair.
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for all of us who think ill of our politicians and our state in general - this book is a MUST. It shows in a breathtaking tale, how in modern India each and every person plays his little game of power, crime and intrigue and gets away with it, as law + order is nowhere to be found - especially not for women and the poor. Mistry describes the life of Dina Dalal, a widow, who refuses to re-marry a man her brother has chosen for her, and cleverly sets about to get into her own business= sewing fashion for an export-firm - in her own flat. She hires two tailors + takes in a student as a boarder to scrape along. They all become a family of some sorts - Mistry tells us in much detail about their life- how it improves through hard work and good will - but as we learn more about each charakter, we realize, these 5 people are sitting on a thin plate of ice swimming in choppy waters. To us Westeners- it seems incredible - how hard all these people struggle - and what a FINE BALANCE is required to keep this fragile but slowly changing social system afloat.
A lovely book that will definitely widen your horizon + outlook not only about Indian life, but humankind in general, by a great author! You'll be unable to put it down until it's finished. And you'll ask yourself: "what am I complaining about ??"
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What a pleasure it was to read this book.. I am an impatient reader, oft unable to complete a book -- this book raced through, and I was as sad for myself, for having finished the book, as I was towards the beautifully built characters.. A hallmark of a great writer, build characters soundly... Rohinton Mistry - I salute you!
To any reader: Worth every second of your time reading this book -- whether you are aware of the political and social turmoil of the times, or not...
I love this book, and will most probably read it many times over...
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While I read through this long book pretty quickly because it is clearly written, and it is good in terms of letting you visualize the scenes and characters, I found it to be too preachy and steinbecky. Some bad things happen, then some more bad things happen, then some bad people do bad things to good people, followed by worse things, horrible violent things, and a horrible thing. In between, some minor bad things happen, but there is a bit of humour here and there, plus some touching moments and the boy and the woman and the two tailors develop a friendship that seems a little too cartoony for me. There are interesting quirks throughout, I found Beggarmaster to be one of the best characters in the novel, and the landowners in the tailors' villiage to be the most one-dimensional. Mistry overwrote this book. When I see his collection of short stories from Firozha Baag, I realize that he is capable of creating much better pieces than this almost propaganda-like tradgedy. I give it 4 stars because of its ability to read and its genuine sympathy for human suffering. But that's generous.
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