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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (3 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571179363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571179367
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In 1975, in an unidentified Indian city, Mrs Dina Dalal, a financially pressed Parsi widow in her early 40s sets up a sweatshop of sorts in her ramshackle apartment. Determined to remain financially independent and to avoid a second marriage, she takes in a boarder and two Hindu tailors to sew dresses for an export company. As the four share their stories, then meals, then living space, human kinship prevails and the four become a kind of family, despite the lines of caste, class and religion. When tragedy strikes, their cherished, newfound stability is threatened, and each character must face a difficult choice in trying to salvage their relationships.

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-Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life.- --Wall Street Journal
-A serious and important work . . . the product of high intelligence and passionate conviction.- --New York Review of Books
-Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry.- --Pico Iyer, Time
-Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical.- --The New York Times

"Astonishing. . . . A rich and varied spectacle, full of wisdom and laughter and the touches of the unexpectedly familiar through which literature illuminates life." --Wall Street Journal

"A serious and important work . . . the product of high intelligence and passionate conviction." --New York Review of Books

"Monumental. . . . Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India, the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness, as well as Mistry." --Pico Iyer, Time

"Those who continue to harp on the decline of the novel . . . ought to consider Rohinton Mistry. He needs no infusion of magic realism to vivify the real. The real world, through his eyes, is magical." --The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the best books I have ever read. I feel blessed to have found it. Having just returned from an adventure exploring India I was recommended this book by my tour manager and it didn't disappoint at all. The story was one of great kindness and understanding and it felt so real to me having recently returned from my own personal journey in India. There were great highs and lows but all in all this is a book I would definitely recommend - I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written truly a wonderful book.
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Didn't realise when I purchased this book I had read it before. However I enjoyed reading it as much the second time as the first. I think it will strike a chord with anyone who has been to India. This author has the ability to make the characters and surroundings come alive. A jolly good read
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I bought this book on the strength of reviews both on Amazon and in various magazines. It is an excellent read with lots of detail and good storyline. An insight into life in India. It was easy to get into in first few chapters but I got a bit lost in parts as couldn't remember what had happened, main.y as there is such a lot of information and detail to take in, but I would recommend it.
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Absolutely brilliant book which I read some time ago but bought for a friend as it is on the "100 books everyone should have read list".
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This book certainly opens your eyes to conditions in India in the mid 1970's. The characters are unforgettable as their lives come together in unexpected ways. In parts it is harrowing and you wonder how anyone can survive the events that befall them, but in amongst the sadness there are moments when the human spirit triumphs over adversity. This book is not for the faint hearted but you will never forget it and Rohan Mistry writes with real insight and compassion.
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I don't think there are words that can possibly do this book justice and I feel that any review I give it wouldn't even scratch the surface of how wonderful it is. All I can say is that if you want a book to make you laugh and break your heart within a few pages, read it. If you want a book that teaches you about an amazing country and about yourself, read it.
You will grow to love and admire the characters whose good humour in the face of tragedy and adversity can only make you feel humble. What I would say is, please don't read it expecting a happy ever after, but do expect it to transport you to the extent that you become friends with the people, smell the food, hear the sounds and see the sights of India as you read.
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My favourite all time book - stick with it - it is brilliant
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Enjoyed this book. New author to me
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