3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another great book from Mistry,
This review is from: Such a Long Journey (Paperback)
I read (and reviewed) A Fine Balance and thought it fantastic. On the strength of that I read this.
Another great book. Not quite as 'big' and rich as AFB but still a wonderful depiction of a man's life in India, and his passage through the difficulties he encounters. Like AFB there are moments of happiness, and depictions of very real (and flawed) relationships which don't always go smoothly but which show great love and affection. The device of 'the wall' which other reviews detail is a nice piece of optimism (as well as symbolism). Small things can change lives.
The book like AFB is pretty bleak, and bad stuff happens. I like the fact that his characters like we all do, get swept along in a flow upon which they have little influence and make the best of their lot.
I don't know what to think of the endings. Are they a masterpiece that leave you wanting more? Or are they a bit sudden, brutal and unsatisfying?
I intend to read everything this guy writes - I love it.