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A Fine Balance Review

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Introduction

Commonwealth Essay - My Favourite book A Fine Balance was a novel, I had read in my middle schooling years. I thought it was a terrific and moving novel with all the aspects well linked and throughout to intrigue and question the reader. This novel had given me hope when in doubt and expanded my knowledge of less fortunate people in our society. As the reader, it transformed the meaning of life and gave an insight of what and could happen to the poor people in India and their living circumstances. The two main characters where embraced with series of misfortunes that strikes the readers sympathy. Plot: A fine balance is set in the 1970's in India and explores the effects on the state of emergency on the lives of ordinary people. The story is told through many fazes; from meeting the main character Dina, to the lives of her tailors, Ishvar and Omprakash who are Nephew and Uncle. In an attempt to break away from their caste, Ishvar's father apprentices his sons to a tailor, and they became tailors. Soon after the tailoring tradition passes on to the next generation, changing from untouchables to tailors. ...read more.

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Her father falls ill when he volunteers for a dangerous job in the jungle as a doctor. She is refused a university education by her brother and is harassed to marry a rich man. The character Dina Dalal is perceived as a hard woman because of all the tragedies that have happened to her through her life. Although she has a hard exterior the gentle Dina reveals herself throughout the novel, an example of this is when she forms a strong relationship with the uncle tailor, Ishvar, at one moment it was considered more than a friendship, "She liked Ishvar's face, the type that would put people at ease and encouraged conversation." though she had vowed that she would never marry again. Maneck, the student boarder who is chosen to live with Dina is the boy who grew up in the northern mountains of India. His family was well off; opening and owning a well run deli and even producing the first beverage, Kola. Events cause him to be sent to the city to become schooled, as his parents thought of this education as a back up from running the family own Deli. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mistry uses this initial corruption of the Prime Minister to show how quickly people will abuse power if they know they are able to get away with it. This novel is told through the eyes of an omniscient narrator/ third person who reveal the feelings of all the characters at once. Mistry describes the feelings of the characters by mainly involving their actions and less of their thoughts. Mistry provides in depth detail about the settings and situations surrounding the action. The language of this novel is easy to understand and flows well together, although there are some Indian words inscribed to give a better effect of the understanding to the reader. Rohinton Mistry is the most talented writer I have come across. The book was gripping from beginning to end and is style of writing is clear, interesting and enjoyable. Mistry describes the feelings of the characters by mainly involving their actions and less of their thoughts and provides in depth detail about the settings and situations surrounding their actions. This book not just celebrates the human spirit but incorporates the truth of poverty and the heartbreak of dreams. Word Count: 1513 ...read more.

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