Search Results: "Rohinton Mistry"


BOOK REVIEW

SUCH A LONG JOURNEY by Rohinton Mistry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1991

"A finely textured look at India in a time of upheaval."
A first novel from Mistry (the notable story collection Swimming Lessons, 1989) about a family man in 1971 India who experiences a political scandal firsthand. Read full book review >

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FAMILY MATTERS by Rohinton Mistry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Nevertheless, a powerfully lurid picture of Bombay's multiplicity, energy, and squalor is built up with masterly skill. And the characters of Nariman and the Gandhi-inspired Roxana (her father's Cordelia) are not easily forgotten."
A Dickensian sense of the interconnections of place, character, and fate and a powerful rendering of the experience and consequences of aging and bodily decay—such are the great strengths of this absorbing third novel from the Indian-born Canadian resident (A Fine Balance, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1996

"A sweeping story, in a thoroughly Indian setting, that combines Dickens's vivid sympathy for the poor with Solzhenitsyn's controlled outrage, celebrating both the resilience of the human spirit and the searing heartbreak of failed dreams."
From the Toronto-based Mistry (Such a Long Journey, 1991), a splendid tale of contemporary India that, in chronicling the sufferings of outcasts and innocents trying to survive in the ``State of Internal Emergency'' of the 1970s, grapples with the great question of how to live in the face of death and despair. Read full book review >

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TURTLE BAY by Saviour Pirotta
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1997

"Hushed, lavender-hued pictures befit the tone of the understated story; mottled backgrounds cast a quiet spell, as does the sagacious old man who appears to understand more than just turtles. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outlined in the tranquil telling of a friendship between a young boy and a seemingly odd man who proves to be ``old and wise, and full of wonderful secrets'' is a beguiling look at the breeding process of Japanese sea turtles, who lay their eggs on land yet live in the ocean. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND WINGS by Marianne Carus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The familiar motifs, exotic settings, and protagonists that demonstrate courage, cleverness, resourcefulness, and compassion make this collection one that will entertain and feed minds and the desire for dragons of all those who read or hear these tales. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Carus's (911: The Book of Help, p. 950, etc.) storytellers draw motifs from traditional folklore wrapped around fiery dragons that are more enchanting than menacing. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN WISE PRINCESSES by Wafa’ Tarnowska
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Exotic in tone and a pleasure to look upon. (Folklore. 10-14)"
The 12th-century Persian Sufi poet Nizami lived in what is now Azerbaijan, where his grave is still a place of pilgrimage. Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF FIRE by Jatinder Verma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"One of the world's essential texts, presented in an accessible manner. (Folklore. 10-14)"
A slightly revised version of a picture book (The Story of Divaali, 2002), this is presented more appropriately as a chapter book for "confident readers." Read full book review >