Surely Rohinton Mistry was familiar with the work of Northrop Frye. It could not be coincidence that the conclusion of Such a Long Journey includes elements of each of Frye’s four contrasting archetypes of fiction: the tragic death of a scapegoat who in his demise educates his community, the comic reunion of two characters who had to overcome great obstacles to effect the syzygy, the bitter irony of the march of progress to the tune of desecration and corruption, the romantic journey of a character whose heroic actions overcome the acts of squalor and violence that surround him. Mistry paints with a big brush. His first novel encompasses many things, but in the end he chose wisely for a title; it is, in its totality, a (masterfully written) pure romance: the odyssey of a good man in an often chaotic world, a triumph of morality over the forces of bad governance, greed, ignorance, lust, and the list goes on.
"Place and politics are refracted through the experiences of one family" in Bombay.
This is one of the most utterly beautiful books Ive ever read. The characters are developed with such elegant subtlety that I fell in love with them, especially Gustad.
When I finished it, I just stared at the cover for like an hour as the chills and sobbing subsided. I cant recommend this book enough. 5* out of 5*
I read a recent book about the independence of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), which lead me to this book, written by Indian-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry and set during the same period. Like Rushdie, he has a gift for combining the personal with the political, as well as giving us a pungent sense of Indian culture and society. A few characters have some unflattering remarks about Nixon and the CIA, which it totally deserved. I would recommend reading "The Blood Telegram" first and then this.
This story is about a Man named Gustad who is living with his family in Bombay India, 1971. He has a wife named Dilnavaz, 2 sons Sohrab who is 19 and Darius who is 15, and there’s sweet little Roshan who is 9 years old. Sadly things in his life/family aren’t going as planned. First, his best friend of many years disappears from Khodadad Building; the building where they all lived. Then he has a fight with his oldest son because he decides to go in a different career education wise, and his daughter Roshan who’s just 9 years old gets sick. He later on gets contacted by his best friend who asks him to do something that could get them both in trouble. This book has some swearing and inappropriate language. There’s also some sexual content in it. It’s not too graphic but some people might not be comfortable reading it. There is tragedy but also some comedy to lighten up the atmosphere. I had to read this book for school and it was dreadful. I thought it was very slow and at times confusing. The author flipped back to the past sometimes and then back to the future and sometimes I didn’t differentiate between the two. That’s why it was confusing for me. People who like to or don’t mind reading about religion will like this book. I personally don’t like the author’s style of writing. It took me a long time to finish this book because I just wasn’t into it, but power to the people who want to read it.
Please make an e-book version!
well written, engaging, strong and touching protrayal of the main character and the family
Wonderful. Well written, engaging, hopeful.
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