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ISBN13: 9780375703423
ISBN10: 037570342x
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Booker Prize Finalist

"Mistry is a giant of a writer.... An almost perfect example of the storyteller's art." —Chicago Tribune

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your groups reading of Rohinston Mistrys eagerly anticipated and hugely ambitious third novel, Family Matters.

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Old KB, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Old KB)
All my friends and I are at the time of our lives when our parents are aging and we are increasingly having to make decisions about how to care for them. Also many of us (and our children) are exploring what religion and spirituality mean. This book addresses all of these things and examines how families interact. It was the best book I have read this decade since it was so well written, humorous and meaningful as well as giving a view into life in India while being universally relevant. Highly recommended for any age but over 50s in particular and would also be good for discussion groups.
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Mistry, Rohinton
New York N.Y.
Apartment houses
Parent and adult child
Domestic fiction
Parkinson's disease
Reminiscing in old age.
Older men
Literature-A to Z
fiction;india;family;bombay;novel;canadian;old age;parsi;parkinson s disease;canada;literature;canadian literature;21st century;indian fiction;canadian fiction;indien;mistry;contemporary;asia;domestic fiction;aging
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Trade paper
Vintage International
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Publication Date:
November 18, 2003
Grade Level:
8.06x5.24x.93 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703423 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Rohinton Mistry is not a household name, but it should be....[He] has long been recognized as one of the best Indian writers; he ought to be considered simply one of the best writers, Indian or otherwise, now alive....Mistry has a keenly developed feeling for the absurd: there is hardly a page in all of his fiction that isn't funny on one level or another....One of the strongest features of Mistry's novels — and the reason he is so reminiscent of the great nineteenth-century writers — is his use, sometimes audacious, of big metaphors. Family Matters and A Fine Balance are masterly in the way they imbue certain lives, or deaths, with meaning....Major writers differ from minor ones, even great minor ones, in their ability to handle the big questions: death, family, the passing of time, the inevitability of loss, God or the corresponding God-shape hole. Mistry handles all of them in an accomplished style all his own." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "Warm, humane, tender and bittersweet....This beautifully paced, elegantly expressed novel is notable for the breadth of its vision as well as its immensely appealing characters and enticing plot."
"Review" by , "Rohinton Mistry writes sweeping, realist family dramas that recall such 19th century writers as Tolstoy and Dickens....Mistry's newest novel, Family Matters, isn't as resonant or as powerful as A Fine Balance — few books are — but it's moving all the same, occasionally achieving an incandescent tenderness that never lapses into bathos....Mistry has an amazing way of setting up ordinary lives scarred by tragedy, then illuminating them with moments of merciful beauty. He writes simply, but by accumulating the small details of his characters' existence, he creates a visceral feel for their loves, humiliations and little victories....[I]f Family Matters isn't as tightly plotted as A Fine Balance, it shares with it a luminous compassion, an abundance of life and piercing moments that remain etched in its reader's memory."
"Review" by , "Mistry...solidifies his standing as one of the world's finest authors....Come to [this book] with the anticipation or foreboding you'd bring to a letter from home. You'll be rewarded luxuriously."
"Review" by , "Mistry's prose is expansive, generous to its characters and ample in story....Frequently clear-eyed, courageous and deeply entertaining."
"Review" by , "Imagine a 19th-century realist sensibility probing the abiding mysteries of India in our time. Leo Tolstoy meets R. K. Narayan....Mistry?s compassion for [his] people is boundless."
"Review" by , "Almost Tolstoyan in registry and range....To say Mistry captures the textures of India well and creates larger-than-life characters is to note the least of his achievements."
"Review" by , "Stealthily, even movingly, Mistry reveals small triumphs of humanity over distaste, minute shifts that signal leaps of compassion."
"Review" by , "Mistry has created a meticulously evoked, deliberately paced portrait of decay and ruin....It is not a pretty picture, but Mistry makes it warmhearted and stirring all the same."
"Synopsis" by , Set in Bombay in the mid-1990s, "Family Matters" tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demands of tradition and the possibilities for compassion.
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