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Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag [Hardcover]

Rohinton Mistry
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Jan 1989
Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay. Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. In these witty, poignant stories, Mistry charts the intersecting lives of Firozsha Baag, yielding a delightful collective portrait of a middle-class Indian community poised between the old ways and the new.

"A fine collection...the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T); First American edition edition (Jan 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395498627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395498620
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,454,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rohinton Mistry was born in 1952 and grew up in Bombay, India, where he also attended university. In 1975 he emigrated to Canada, where he began a course in English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.He is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories. His debut novel, Such a Long Journey (1991), won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book and the Governor General's Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was made into an acclaimed feature film in 1998. His second novel, A Fine Balance (1995), won many prestigious awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Giller Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. His collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag, was published in 1987.In 2002 Faber published Mistry's third novel, Family Matters, which was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mistry is a brilliant writer 2 May 1998
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I picked up this book because I really enjoyed A Fine Balance. This book shows the same quality of writing. Mistry fits the lives of the Firozsha Baag residents together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. I highly recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Swimming Lessons vs Tales from Firozsha Baag 20 Aug 2010
By Gillian
How I was looking forward to another Rohinton Mistry book, so I was very disappointed to find that Swimming Lessons is in fact a compilation of exactly the same stories as in Tales from Firozsha Baag. So, if you have read one,which is certainly worth doing, do not waste money on the other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of life 24 April 1999
By A Customer
Misty shows his brilliance in revealing the engaging lives of fascinating characters. His stories hint at the larger world of responsibility, family bonds and self-discovery, while his characters push ahead in their quirky everyday lives in Firozsha Baag. And Mistry's narrating character of Kersi, an immigrant Parsi like himself, reflecting on the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in his native Bombay, allows the reader to reflect upon his own relationships with friends, neighbors and family with more sympathy and caring. Mistry fans will enjoy this book as well as his two novels and the film version of Such A Long Journey.
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