Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Family MattersMistry masterfully portrays a family being torn apart by lies, love, and its unresolved demons of the past. Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and its related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family. When Nariman breaks his ankle and becomes bedridden, his two stepchildren turn his care over to their half-sister, Roxanne, who lives in a two-room flat with her husband and two sons. What follows is each character's reaction to this situation, from Roxanne's husband's struggle to provide for his family without neglecting his conscience to their sons' coming of age in an era of uncertainty. Interspersed between these dilemmas are Nariman's tortured remembrances of a forbidden love and its inescapable consequences

This is a well told story of the Vakeel family but, it didn't feel on par to A Fine Balance.

Rating: 3.5 OK

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