A Fine Balance
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"A Fine Balance" Quotes

By Rohinton Mistry

fiction | 624 pages | Published in 2010

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

ISBN_10:057123058X
ISBN_13:9780571230587

Quotes

Every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

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But nobody ever forgot anything, not really, though sometimes they pretended, when it suited them. Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time, yet happy ones could never be recreated - not with the same joy.

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One did not demand affection from children. One simply made oneself lovable.

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Mirrors had to be as tall as the edges of the universe, and they had to have memory; otherwise, they were not proper mirrors.

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But nobody paid any attention; they were used to it by now, this deafening silence from the rest of the world.

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There is no such thing as an innocent bystander. It is either innocence or complicity.

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She wore her death as someone else might wear an old garment. It looked no more, no less: it helped to keep out the chill.

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Maybe he has put the knife away, but he'll never forget where he got it.

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The only thing that makes life endurable is the dulling effect of habit.

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Reality had taken on for her a sense of the insulting.

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