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Dock

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

For the main part this is set in mid-seventies in India during the spurious 'State of Emergency' declared by Indira Ghandi and follows the lives of four individuals who are from different social castes and backgrounds. I say in the main because it backtracks over the lives of the four and their families as far back as the gaining of independence for India. Very well written by RM and I found it a real page turner and an eye opener on the outrageous and criminal actions of the Indian government on its own people during this period. Great characters fleshed out with a warm humorous take on life but also heartbreaking in parts.

Grind

You're not the main nappy changer in your house, are you?!  
Grind

If it's about the Hitler Youth then count me out.

* Judges book by cover
Dock

Grind wrote:
You're not the main nappy changer in your house, are you?!  


How very dare you you cheeky fuckpig. I do my fair share of everything. Baby Dock and books. Its about time management.
Late Doors

Its about  time management did what?

You read Midnights Children ? weird but brilliant. Set in and around the same time and place
Grind

Late Doors wrote:
Its about  time management did what?

You read Midnights Children ? weird but brilliant. Set in and around the same time and place


I read that and decided the whole fatwah thing was entirely justified.  
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
Its about  time management did what?

You read Midnights Children ? weird but brilliant. Set in and around the same time and place


100/10 for wordplay.

No I havent read MC. A lot of people really rate it though.
Grind

It's an indian take-away novel.
Grind

The road to partition.
Grind

I read it while slumming it in Hawaii in 1987.

I remember thinking it was a good book (and, yes, I even finished it), but I was probably too young (or stupid) to fully appreciate it, so don't ask for a book review beyond the obvious

There are a fair number of books I should probably go back and read "properly" one day. This is one of them.

That said, all I seem to have read of late involve scandinavian serial killer-types, so anything else would be a good idea - especially as I may have to go to Stockholm and/or Oslo again before the year's out.

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