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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
I thought this book was terrific. I really couldn't put it down. But, it certainly isn't for the faint of heart. It was very tragic and upsetting. Some of the moments were touching, but so bittersweet, because you know that things are just not going to work out for poor Ishvar and Om - the two low-caste tailors. The injustice of it is frustrating and sickening. I thought it dealt with the issues of caste, class and poverty in a really enlightening way, especially for a westerner. It's definately worth a read, it gives a good insight into India's complex social system and and how everyday men and women often have their futures made for them even before they are born.
Fall On Your Knees (Oprah's Book Club) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed the beginning of the story very much. It all centered around the early history of the Piper family, Materia's family and the little town of Cape Breton. But something just went wrong in the middle and as far as the end, I really didn't enjoy it at all, in fact I just skimmed through it. There was something about telling the whole conclusion in a diary format and in the past tense that really just didn't work for me. By the time the whole mystery of Katherine in New York unfolded, I didn't care. I am not sorry I read it, but it just ended badly.
The Family Orchard: A Novel by Nomi Eve
Like a lot of reviewers, I thought the concept sounded interesting. I usually love this kind of generational epic, but this one, is really tedious. I don't enjoy the writing or the descriptions at all. The idea of her starting many of the chapters with an overview of her family history in her fathers' words, and then her elaborating was kind of first. But, after a few chapters, it was clear that all it would amount to was her father's family narrative and her descriptions of what the characters did in bed. Blah, Blah, Blah. If I wanted graphic sexual descriptions about people that I don't care what happens to, I'll get porn.