Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Fine Balance

About two thirds into A Fine Balance, and its picking up steam as it goes. Mistry's exposition is slow and lush, and it becomes clear that his characters' back stories are a sort of literary history of 20th century India. An engrossing and lyrical book.

"You see, you cannot draw lines and compartments, and refuse to budge beyond them. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair." He paused, considering what he had just said. "In the end, it's all a question of balance." - p.228-229

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