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Such a Long Journey (Vintage International) Paperback – 1 Jun 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"'One of India's finest living novelists.' Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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.
The political agenda in this novel is much reduced compared to Mistry's later work, and that perhaps renders 'Such a long journey' a less pressing and controversial book, removing some of the urgency and the vigour to concentrate instead on a very human (and universal) 'journey', which eventually leads to a very human (and universal) catharsis.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I rate it as highly as 'A fine balance' and perhaps higher that the latest, somewhat disappointing (to me!) 'Family matters'.
Now then... about the book! It's incredibly well written, possibly too well for me as I had to look up the meaning of a huge number of words; I thought my English was pretty spot on 'til I read this book! On top of this there's smatterings of Hindi which adds to the atmosphere being set but was often incomprehensible to me despite having travelled all over India. However, there was never a point where I didn't know what was going on and it barely detracted from my enjoyment of the book. The characters and scenes are incredibly well described; this seems to be Mr Mistry's true forte. The personalities, opinions and attitudes portrayed in this book are very typical of Indian society. The story line was good, perhaps a little slow moving for me. It feels rude to take anything away from this book but I think 'A Fine Balance' was a much more interesting and powerful story; no book has ever clawed at my emotions so effectively. If you're only going to read one of Mr Mistry's books I'd recommend you read that one.
Thanks for giving me so many hours of entertainment.
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The book is unique because of its simplicity and the well developed characters - conscientious, educated working middle class in a Bombay (now Mumbai) Parsi community - the kind... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JV
I have always enjoyed Mistry's later work and this early example did not disappoint. An excellent read and I finished it all too quickly.Published 17 months ago by John M Ross
Sadly found this acclaimed novel rather tedious, shame as I enjoyed many of his other books. Unlikeable characters and felt sorry for his wife and kids.Published 22 months ago by GLE76
Excellent, stick with it. Beautiful story with some well placed challenges and information regarding culture.Published 23 months ago by Ladymac27