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Such a Long Journey
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Such a Long Journey
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It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young daughter falls ill; his promising son defies his father's ambitions for him. He is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours. One day, he receives a letter from an old friend, asking him to help in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But he soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception. Compassionate, and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change.
It is Bombay in 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh. A hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who gradually sees his modest life unravelling. His young daughter falls ill; his promising son defies his father's ambitions for him. He is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours. One day, he receives a letter from an old friend, asking him to help in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But he soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception. Compassionate, and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change.
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  • Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay and now lives near Toronto. Such a Long Journey was his first novel. His second, A Fine Balance, was a winner of Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction, the Giller Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, as well as a Booker Prize finalist. He is also the author of Swimming Lessons, a collection of short stories.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 29, 1991
    Mistry, Bombay-born author of Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag , serves up an exotic feast with this novel. The year is 1971, and India is ready to pursue a war against Pakistan over the region that will become Bangladesh. This chaotic period is seen through the eyes of one Gustad Noble, a family man and Parsi bank clerk in Bombay. Gustad's fortunes have begun to change for the worse, with disappointments and bad luck sweeping through his previously secure way of life. When an old friend secretly recruits him to assist in a seemingly heroic mission under the aegis of Indira Gandhi's CIA-like operatives, he becomes enmeshed in a series of dangerous events, with tragic results. Mistry's prose displays the lightest of witty touches, and the narrative is often quite funny, particularly when it invites us inside the minds of the knowable, likable, somehow familiar men and women whose activities propel the plot. A writer of enormous range and shrewdness, Mistry delivers no manifesto, but an intelligent portrait of the corrupt aspects of Indira Gandhi's years in power. Throughout his byzantine scenario, he demonstrates empathy for and deep understanding of his characters. His novel evokes Rushdie in its denser, florid moments, and T. Coraghessan Boyle in its more madcap flights.

  • Time

    "Mistry is a writer of considerable achievement....Patiently and with loving humour, [he] develops a portrait and draws his people with such care and understanding that their trials become our tragedies."

  • Maclean's "A seamless, gracefully written trek through a rocky period in one man's life....A rewarding literary excursion."
  • San Francisco Chronicle "This fine first novel demonstrates the bright-hard reality of India's middle class....Mistry is a singular pleasure to read, and his description of India is a lucid, living account."
  • Books in Canada "A passionate embracing of life in all its manifestations."
  • The Spectator (U.K.) "A rich, humane work, undoubtedly one of the best novels about India in recent years."
  • Winnipeg Free Press "The world of Such a Long Journey is vivid, lively, and comic -- a rich and richly recreated setting."
  • New York Times Book Review "Fascinating....Mistry manages to convey a vivid picture of India through sharp affectionate sketches of Indian family life and a gift for erotic satire."
  • The Observer (U.K.) "A highly poised and accomplished work."
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