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Rohinton Mistry
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6 July 1992
Here is a wonderful introduction to the residents of Firozsha Baag, an apartment complex in Bombay. We enter the daily routine and rhythm of their lives, and by the time we reach the final story we are as familiar with the people of Firozsha Baag as we are with our own neighbours. The crowded, throbbing life of India is brilliantly captured in this series of stories.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (6 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571167039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571167036
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rohinton Mistry is the author of three novels, all of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and a collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag. His first novel, Such a Long Journey, won the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, and the SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. It was made into an acclaimed feature film in 1998. A Fine Balance was winner of the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, and Denmark's ALOA Prize. It was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Femina. In 2002, A Fine Balance was selected for Oprah's Book Club. Family Matters wasa finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award. Born in Bombay, Rohinton Mistry came to Canada in 1975 after completing a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Economics at Bombay University. He has accepted honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa (Doctor of the University, 1996), the University of Toronto (Doctor of Letters, 1999), York University (Doctor of Letters, 2003), and Ryerson University (Doctor of Letters, 2012). He was awarded the Trudeau Fellows Prize in 2004, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, he was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, and winner of the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In translation, his work has been published in more than thirty languages.

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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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
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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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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 Mistry at his best! 9 Jun 2014
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Wonderful! A beautiful and spellbinding collection of short stories based around a common theme - an apartment block and it's inhabitants. As usual, Mistry has you empathising with the wonderfully drawn characters - even the ones you don't always like! The stories are funny and some are very moving! Another masterpiece from this author.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 10 Mar 2014
By LGO
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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). Each chapter tells a tale of one of the residents. It makes a nice read but it didn't grab me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not his best (Family Matters is his best) but still a great book.
Published 1 month ago by W. Osborne
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 11 months ago by RMARSH
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohinton Mistry does it again
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,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shoe-aholic
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 12 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 12 months ago by Gill Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by MR MARK A NORTH
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 22 months ago by John Porter
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
Not sure I should have bought this book . . . . After reading and thoroughly enjoying all Rohinton Mistry's other books - A Fine Balance, Family Matters and Such a Long Journey,... Read more
Published on 27 July 2009 by Fay Farrell
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