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A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time.


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A Fine Balance
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4.6 / 5
Exceptional.
November 4th, 2014
This really is a superbly written story. The character development, relationships, description of people/places/culture - all written more beautifully than I've ever experienced. Nothing more to be said - simply a beautifully told story.
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Fabulous
July 9th, 2014
A fine balance took me on their journey. I cried and laughed. But I cried more at the end.
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January 28th, 2014
A wonderful book with strong characters whose lives intersect in interesting and surprising ways. A book that was difficult to put down as you get so invested in the lives of the characters.
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As good the 2nd time around.
January 11th, 2014
As Heart wrenching and tragic as it is warm and funny. Was as good reading it a second time.
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November 3rd, 2013
A Fine Balance is beautiful, sad and enlightening. The four main characters endure heartbreaking lives, but hope continues throughout the story. I couldn't put it down and wished it would not end. Likely the best book I've ever read.
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October 4th, 2013
This was a mesmerizing book. It was so sad at times, but also happy when people overcame adversities. Would definitely recommend this book! A long story but well worth it!
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A Fine Balance
March 25th, 2013
This book though written in beautiful prose, with an engrossing story, failed to capture my heart. With a "glass is half full" theme continuously shoved down our throat against a background of helpless chaos, I am left gutted, tired and fearing our lack of control over anything that could be claimed as destiny. Any balance achieved is cut short by unwitting change. Why read 500 pages of what we all face with each morning's awakening. Live for the moment and feel entitled to nothing. I need books with a little more hope.
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