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Tales from Firozsha Baag [Kindle Edition]

Rohinton Mistry
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In these eleven intersecting stories, Rohinton Mistry reveals the rich, complex patterns of life inside a Bombay apartment building. The occupants - from Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, through Najami, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag, to Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the boy whose life threads through the book - all express, knowingly or unknowingly, the tensions between the past and the present, between the old world and the new.

Compassionate and extremely funny, Tales from Firozsha Baag illuminates the meaning of change through the brilliantly textured mosaic of seemingly ordinary lives.

'Mistry's joyful notation of the world reminds us that description is one of fiction's first and gravest tasks.' Guardian

'A fine collection . . . the volume is informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives.' New York Times

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"A writer of formidable strength and imagination...these stories are like little bits of life glistening on the page."-"Toronto Star "A fine collection...informed by a tone of gentle compassion for seemingly insignificant lives."-"New York Times "The crowded, throbbing life of India is brilliantly captured in this series of stories...."-"Sunday Times, London (U.K.) "Rohinton Mistry explores quicksand territory with intelligence, compassion, wit, and memorable flair."-"Los Angeles Times Book Review


"'One of India's finest living novelists.' Observer"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571230563
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; New edition edition (20 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI91K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Must must read this book! 6 July 2001
By A Customer
Mistry has sucessfully captured the imagination of a child, who lives in an apartment building, and subsequently has adventures. This book is not just a collection of short stories, but an entire saga of the building and its inhabitants seen through the eyes of this young boy who we see growing up and, eventually, moving to Canada. A mixture of traditions, not just Parsi but a mash of all Indian cultures, this is a book which certainly has spice; the humour will sting you, and you won't be able to put this book down till it has finished!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book club read! 10 Jan. 2006
By A Customer
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Firozsha Baag is a block of flats in Bombay and these linked stories, eleven of them, tell the tales of its tenants. They are seen through the eyes of Kersi, first as a boy living with his parents and brother in the flats, and finally as a writer who has emigrated to Canada. These stories are so intimate, I sometimes felt uncomfortable, as if I were seeing things I shouldn't see, laughing at things I shouldn't laugh at. The writing is wonderful and cannot be skipped over. Every word counts. That and the writer's humanity made me keep reading to the end and then start at the beginning again - and order more of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from Firozshabaag 22 Dec. 2009
I have read three of Rohinton Mistry's books and can't agree with another reviewer who felt that they could not get on with his 'short stories' because they did not feel it had the characteristics of his novels.
I felt by the end of the book that all the characters in Firozshabaag had been linked together and with the usual pathos and amusement that shines through his writing.
Rohinton Mistry has been responsible for me making a trip to Mumbai to see areas in his stories and for enlightening me about the Parsi/Zoroastrians.I wanted to know what the Fire Temple and Tower of Silence were, and now I do.
I have one novel and one more book of short stories to go,and just wish he would hurry up and write some more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales from Firozsha Baag 29 Jun. 2009
Rohinton Mistry can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned - he's just incredible with his imagery that makes me just want to read more and more till I've finished the book with a very satisfied feeling. He always takes you on such wonderful journeys through life in India that make you feel. Love it and recommend it.
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Firozsha Baag is an apartment block in Bombay where families, mainly Parsees - a Zoroastrian community of the Indian subcontinent - live. With this as a direct or indirect setting, Rohan Mistry has written eleven interconnected stories about the lives of the residents or, if they have moved away, about how living there affected their lives.

The characters of Firozsha Baag are middle class - doctors, chartered accountants, veterinarians and the stories describe how the neighbours get on, their concerns about money, employment and their children, as well as their enthusiasm for cricket and storytelling, and the requirements of their religion. But they also have to engage in daily battle with intermittent water-supply, dilapidated homes, peeling paint, falling plaster and leaking WCs, as in ‘Auspicious Occasion’. Few of the residents own a refrigerator and other tenants make use of Najamai’s in ‘One Sunday’, a story that ends up with violence that is, in part at least, due to the religious divide.

During the stories, people die, babies are born, the young are educated and frequently move away, some, like the author, to Canada [Mistry left Bombay in 1975 and has admitted to writing about a Bombay of the past]. The lives in the stories are, individually, insignificant but together they add up to a convincing and poignant slice of Indian late 20th-century life [the book was published in 1987].

Information about the lifestyles and religious observance of Parsees, most notably the Fire Temple and its slow, ancient rituals, is presented in most of the stories, sometimes with slight repetition so that the author is able to inform readers without overwhelming them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels in my armchair 27 Nov. 2010
By Morag
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This is not the first Rohinton Mistry book I have read and the reason I love them is that I can travel to the places he creates without leaving my home.
I feel totally immersed in the places he describes, and am often glad that I don't have to live the way many of his characters do. I can still tell you the names of the characters in his books long after I have finished reading them. Now on my list of 30 favourite authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rohinton Mistry does it again 30 Oct. 2013
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This writer is one of my favourites - his novels are extremely well written and thought provoking. This collection of short stories are absorbing to read and contain misery, humour, and most other emotions involved in being human. Each story is connected in that they are about different inhabitants of a housing block (Firozsha Baag), so you get to experience their lives from different angles. The book is such a good read - I can't recommend it enough! As with all of Rohinton Mistry's novels, I didn't want to put it down & just want to read it again and again. Such thoroughly moving and enjoyable tales.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book 11 Jan. 2013
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A fine set of stories interlinked, the honesty and character in the stories is very endearing. I particularly loved the story about emigrating to Canada but unable to sit on loo properly! I found a common theme with some other books by Rohinton which kinds of makes you feel drawn into his world which I found very enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great books, Old dogs and Tales from Firozsha Baag
Published 6 days ago by Rosalind Archer (Mrs)
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book and already have the paperback
I love this book and already have the paperback. I have now switched to Kindle so bought it again for download.
Published 6 months ago by Jeanjeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not his best (Family Matters is his best) but still a great book.
Published 8 months ago by W. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistry at his best!
Wonderful! A beautiful and spellbinding collection of short stories based around a common theme - an apartment block and it's inhabitants. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs S A Moran
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Nicely written book with an interesting idea for the setting of the book ( it goes around the characters in a block of flats near Bombay). Read more
Published 13 months ago by LGO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this as I had really enjoyed A Fine Balance by same author. Really enjoyed reading this and would recommend this author.
Published 17 months ago by RMARSH
5.0 out of 5 stars tales from firozsha baag
What a read a great book one of the best books that I have read I don't normally like short stories
but this was wonderful how all the lives of the people of the bagg are... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr John Treeby
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
As ever, Rohinton Mistry delivers a most vivid, poignant, humorous, superbly written collection of short stories based around a block of apartments. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gill Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales From The Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
This book contains a series of stories relating to the residents of a Parsi community located in 3 blocks collectively called the Firozsha Baag in the city of Mumbai (Bombay) which... Read more
Published on 26 Nov. 2012 by John Porter
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