- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (9 Mar. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571165257
- ISBN-13: 978-0571165254
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Such a Long Journey Paperback – 9 Mar 1992
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Mistry does something that only the really natural writers can do: without apparent effort, manipulation or contrivance, he creates characters you like instantly and will gladly follow for as long as the novel leads. The book is about an Indian family during the years of Indira Ghandi's rule; it's also a study of the times, its politics and corruption, and was especially interesting for me, knowing so little about life in the rest of the world. It had to be a good book: after I read Such a Long Journey, I wanted to go right out and buy a plane ticket and see India for myself.
A story which tells how the gathering clouds of the Indo-Pakistan War impinge on the lives of a Bombay doctor and his family. His dreams, although modest, are denied him as he realizes he is not in control of events.See all Product description
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For many, it evokes nostalgia about a Bombay from the 70's when it was less crowded and retained its unique spirit and civic sense.
One of the best books depicting Mumbai of the old that I have read.
It still paints a colourful picture of Bombay life and of local customs. The Tower of Silence, with its vultures, will be a lasting image for me. The central character Gustad is well crafted; a good man but flawed enough to be believable. The secondary characters are all interesting, as is the historical background of tensions between India and Pakistan.
This is my third Rohinton Mistry book and I would recommend him strongly to any new readers.
A beautiful tale guaranteed to make you reflect on fate and fortune, as the pavement artist puts it "luck is the spit of gods and goddesses"
The book was well written, interesting characters and plot, lots of intrigue and very typical of how particularly older Indians love to talk.
A great insight into city life in India. A group of six, five read it all, four loved it and we talked about for four hours.
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