Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of Such a Long Journey. I kept reading expecting something to really get the heart beating or tears flooding but instead the author takes us down a series of avenues which might end in delight or despair but instead does neither. The seemingly foolish loyalties of ordinary people towards their families and friends mock the cold rationality of self interest and ugly politics. Almost twenty years after first published, the novel found itself at the centre of violent criticism. It was for the and for the. The book consists of 11 short stories, all set within one apartment complex in modern-day Bombay.
Hence the end of the book is the beginning of awareness in the protagonist. On the other hand, the State uses the same citizens as dispensable pawns in its corrupt games of self-serving interests. The new element that Mistry adds to Long Journey is a plot sort of. This is 1971 and a time of upheaval in the country but in the community of Khodadad, the difficulties are of a more domestic nature, sometimes uncomfortable in nature especially when they taunt and tease Tehmul, who is a physically and mentally disabled man with the character of a boy but often with gentle humour the scenes where Gustad brings home a live chicken to feed his family are hilarious. Yes, theres a war going on, a very real war that ended in the separation of East Pakistan into what is now Bangladesh.
Each of his novels has won or been shortlisted for a major literary prize. I enjoyed reading through the book, but was very disapointed to find that there was no climax and conclusion. Such a Long Journey is, in short, a wonderful novel. Plenty has been said already, especially in the wake of Charlie Hebdo. He is a social outcast and almost like the rats that people do not want to have in their homes.
This is indeed true, but this should not dissuade the reader from giving Such a Long Journey a fair crack as there is a lot about this book that is very, very good. On the one hand, there is the equalizing force of globalization and on the other, the desire to return to ethnic identity is also present. He is a victim of nationalistic fervor as he trusts the Prime Minister and follows her orders blindly. The story depicts the challenges of day to day living, as well as long term friendships and the grief of losing loved ones. This is a simple story, about simple people having simple dreams-ambitions wh Note- If you have a soft spot for Mrs Indira Gandhi, please don't bother to read this.
This one is less Bombay-centered, and more generally about India under Indira Gandhi's rule--but without being heavy-handed about the historical and political aspects. As the book opens Noble is working as a bank clerk and trying to deal with the problems posed by his offspring. You ll be surprised that you loved reading each word, soaking in what each page offers, grieving and cherishing moments along with the author wondering what exactly the author felt when he wrote the book. By the time the answers were revealed to us I didn't care anymore. One could live with chronic water shortage, load shedding, adulterated milk still same same! The book is unlikely to be reintroduced in the short term on account of possibility of law and order problems.
The work is full of conclusions and fulfillment: Dinshawji dies and is at rest, Roshan gets well, Mrs. Noble was a father of three children, elder son Sohrab, youngest son Darius and Roshan, his daughter. In 2002, Mistry cancelled his United States book tour for his novel 2002 after he and his wife were targeted by security agents at every airport he visited. I'm despairing of this review's length but I must add that I didn't like the novel's black magic track as it only reinforces India's exotic image. It also shows us snippets about the Indo-Bangladesh war in 1971, just briefly.
History functions like a character whose interference affects the lives of common people. Gustad, also feeling betrayed by a friend, does not allow himself to live in denial, he is all too aware of the challenges and inequities of life, but he too is fixating on his ambitions for his eldest son for whom he would sacrifice anything and has already risked his life for. He goes too far with Laurie, the new typist in the bank. At first this was pure awesome because Mistry would drop these little hints that made me realize there was an incredible back story; but then as this continued it became repitious and frustrating. He then, begins the long journey, that sheds new light on all aspects of Gustad's personal and political life.
Also, I cannot wait to read more by Mistry! Gustadwas unable to control his anger in front of his wife Dilnavaz, who herself was stumped, wants him to be quite. Mistry is such a sensual writer - he really has the capacity to bring you right into the world of his novels with these amazing details, characterizations and juxtapositions: superstition with philosophy, cruelty with kindness, great beauty with great atrocity. He is also the go-between Ghulam Mohammed and Gustad. Nor will a life of routine allow him to come to peace with his past or find reconciliation and forgiveness. I certainly got to smell it - from frangipani and sandalwood to rotting garbage and sewage A better understanding of occurring in the background would have enriched my reading of this, but even without, Mistry was able to catch and hold my attention, weaving layers of story and symbolism together, creating a sometimes farcical, bittersweet domestic tale.
The windows are covered with blackout paper, put up nine years ago in 1962 during the war with China. Mistry developed as a significant and notable literary figure during the contemporary periods. His shop is an example of a public space where people of different communities, cultures and religions meet and interact in a friendly, non-threatening ambience. These walls have to be pulled down to make way for openness, new ideas and changes. Such a Long Journey touches several topics about India like Gustad's train ride to New Delhi and the pollution in the streets which brought back many memories for me. The story, in my mind, doesn't come to a climax and therefore h Rohinton Mistry's style of writing involves giving vivid descriptions of the characters of his stories and of the adventures he takes them on. I'd have to say A Fine Balance was my first choice.