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5.0 out of 5 stars Mistry is a brilliant writer
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.
Published on 2 May 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Swimming Lessons vs Tales from Firozsha Baag
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistry is a brilliant writer, 2 May 1998
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This review is from: Swimming Lessons and Other Stories (Paperback)
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
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Rohinton Mistry book, 21 April 2013
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Very cheap and quality just as described. Disappointed that this book turned out to be an American/Canadian publication of one I'd already read under the title "Tales from Firozsha Baag" - a book of short stories, one of which is entitled "Swimming Lessons"!!
However, not the fault of the seller and cheap enough to be able to write it off!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very satisfying read, 2 Mar. 2013
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Swimming Lessons and other stories from Firozsha Baag is the first book by Indian author of A Fine Balance and Booker Prize nominee, Rohinton Mistry. The book is a collection of eleven loosely connected stories that centre around the residents of an apartment block in Bombay called Firozsha Baag. Mistry deftly tells his tales from the points of view of an aging Parsi widow, an elderly Goan catholic ayah, a curmudgeonly lawyer, a teenage boy (or two), a recently widowed woman, a jovial veterinarian, a young couple expecting a baby, a woman losing her grip on sanity, a young man in his first romance and a recent immigrant in Canada. Firozsha Baag is a fertile ground for many tales and Mistry gives his readers tantalising glimpses of the residents' lives, which are a curious mixture of intimacy and fiercely-guarded privacy. Auspicious occasions are ruined in different ways; a cricket bat is repaired and destroyed in one afternoon; a servant becomes the object of taunting when she sees a ghost; a recent widow imagines a novel use for a cassette recorder; a schoolboy is led astray by a classmate; an emigrant finds his happiness depends on a particular bodily function; a teenager realises the inevitability of change; the threat of eviction brings out a vindictive streak; parents and children muse on cause and effect; a young man finds himself unable to overcome his family's resistance to change; and an immigrant tries to find his place in his new country. Mistry's characters have depth and appeal. His full-length novels are evidence of his literary prowess, but this book of short stories shows that he is a master of this form as well. A very satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parsi stories, 16 Aug. 2010
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I'm a recent convert to this author, who writes about aspects of Parsi life, an Indian culture that is relatively unknown in the West. While the themes are often small and domestic the slant is unique. Mr Mistry clearly writes from experience, with clarity and wit. The characters of his stories are intertwined, developing and aging through the book, and he brings real warmth to their flawed but mainly attractive personalities. His talent is to describe both the good and less good in human nature, with understanding and warmth. Loved this and am now into his novels as well
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