Nariman Vakeel, a seventy-nine-year-old Parsi widower, beset by Parkinson's disease and haunted by memories of the past, lives in a once-elegant apartment with his two middle-aged stepchildren.
When his condition worsens he is forced to take up residence with Roxana, his own daughter, her husband, Yezad, and their two young sons.
The effect of the new responsibility on Yezad, who is already besieged by financial worries, pushes him into a scheme of deception.
This sets in motion a series of events - a great unravelling and a revelation of the family's love-torn past, that leads to the narrative's final outcome.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 19/10/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571230556
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Review by murraymint11
Elegantly written, with so many excellent characters. Favourite bits:Mr Burdy (Mr Proverb) muddling up his proverbs; The best dinner service scene; Jehangir's repeated use of the phrase 'Be that as it may'; Nariman and his grandsons spending time together reading (and loving) the Famous Five books; The handyman neighbour who breaks everything he 'fixes'; The sadness of old Nariman trying not to be a nuisance
Review by Steph78
Set in India, a father with Parkinsons has to move in with his daughter, son in law and 2 grandsons, in a 2 room flat, as his two step children cannot cope with him.All the internal tensions of family and the history to them are played out against the difficulties that life throws at them.The last reviewer described this as a disconcerting book, above the ordinary novel. I would definitaly agree - A well constructed novel and a good read.
Review by Eyejaybee
As ever with Mistry this book was beautifully written though it also contrived to be rather heavy going. I found the descriptions of Nariman's gradual decline from parkinson's Disease, and the various travails that he, his daughter and his step children face as a conseqeunce, to be very moving but also rather depressing.All in all I felt that there was just rather too much rage, distress and squalor, and I get more than enough of all that at home!