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5.0 out of 5 stars
Should have been a Booker Prize winner, 24 Mar 2007
Novels with the quality of 'A Fine Balance' do not often get written nowadays. It is on par with the best creations by Balzac (quoted in the beginning of the novel), Dickens and Zola. Mistry's language stands in a class of its own - I would read the book for the joy of his phenomenal linguistic skills alone. The plot is utterly engaging and vivid - you can see the mountains, smell the poverty, feel the pain. In this day and age of quick gratifications and The Goodies Always Win Hollywood mentality, 'A Fine Balance' is a sombre literary masterpiece with a rather depressing (yet correct) observation about life: The Goodies don't always win, and the Baddies don't always get punished. As the name indicates, however, this sad observation is balanced by Mistry's subtle indication of man's exceptional ability to find a ray of sunshine even in the most dire of circumstances. This novel has entered my Top 10 Ever, and I can't wait to read Mistry's other creations. Chapeau, Mistry!