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Such a Long Journeyby Rohinton Mistry
Synopses & Reviews
Mistry is a writer of considerable achievement.…Patiently and with loving humour, he] develops a portrait and draws his people with such care and understanding that their trials become our tragedies.
A seamless, gracefully written trek through a rocky period in one man's life.…A rewarding literary excursion.
This fine first novel demonstrates the bright-hard reality of India’s middle class.…Mistry is a singular pleasure to read, and his description of India is a lucid, living account.
-San Francisco Chronicle
A passionate embracing of life in all its manifestations.
-Books in Canada
A rich, humane work, undoubtedly one of the best novels about India in recent years.
-The Spectator (U.K.)
The world of Such a Long Journey is vivid, lively, and comic – a rich and richly recreated setting.
-Winnipeg Free Press
Fascinating.…Mistry manages to convey a vivid picture of India through sharp affectionate sketches of Indian family life and a gift for erotic satire.
-New York Times Book Review
A highly poised and accomplished work.
-The Observer (U.K.)
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young daughter falls ill; his promising son defies his father’s ambitions for him. He is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours. One day, he receives a letter from an old friend, asking him to help in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But he soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception. Compassionate, and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change.
With his personal life unraveling, Gustad Noble, a Bombay bank clerk, agrees to help the Indian intelligence service, and is quickly caught up in a political scandal
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