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Family matters / Rohinton Mistry

Mistry, Rohinton (1952-)

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ISBN 10: 0571194273 / ISBN 13: 9780571194278
Verlag: Faber & Faber, London, 2002
Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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London; Faber and Faber;, 2002. First edition,Book condition: Very good, Dust jacket condition: Very good. Signed by the author.Dark blue boards with silver gilt lettering to the spine. Book tight. Pages clean. Some rubbing on the dust jacket at the front. A nice copy. Shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000428

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Titel: Family matters / Rohinton Mistry

Verlag: Faber & Faber, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition

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Family Matters takes us to Bombay in the mid-1990s. Nariman Vakeel is a seventy-nine-year-old Parsi widower and the patriarch of a small discordant family. Beset by Parkinson?s disease and haunted by memories of the past, he lives in a once-elegant apartment with his two middle-aged stepchildren - Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. When Nariman?s illness is compounded by a broken ankle, Coomy plots to turn his round-the-clock care over to Roxana, his sweet-tempered sister. She succeeds, but not without cost, and eventually Nariman takes up residence with Roxana, 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 involving Vikram Kapur, his eccentric, often exasperating employer at Bombay Sporting Goods Emporium. 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. In this wise and compassionate novel, Mistry has once again created a beautifully realized world. As his unforgettable characters confront situations over which they have no control, their tragedies and their triumphs ultimately become our own. Family Matters has all the richness, the gentle humour, and the narrative sweep that have earned Rohinton Mistry the highest of accolades around the world. It is a stunning achievement from one of the finest writers of our time.


As an epigraph to his humane and generous novel Family Matters, Rohinton Mistry uses a reverse version of Tolstoy's words from Anna Karenina--"Each happy family is happy in its own way, but all unhappy families resemble one another". The unhappy family in this book belongs to Nariman Vakeel, an elderly, retired English teacher in Bombay. His stepson Jal and stepdaughter Coomy look after the old man, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, but a street accident renders him even more in need of help. Resentfully Jal and Coomy provide it but, when opportunity offers, they deliver Nariman into the care (and flat) of his daughter Roxana, the much-loved offspring of what was an otherwise loveless marriage. Roxana is married with two children and lives in cramped conditions that the arrival of the now bed-ridden old man makes worse. The tensions of the present and rankling discontents from the past collide as Mistry's narrative unfolds. At the heart of the story is the literal claustrophobia of the flat and the metaphorical claustrophobia of a family bound tightly together by the deeply ambivalent emotions of its members but Family Matters is not a limited or restricted novel.

Through the stories of Roxana's husband Yezad and her sons Murad and Jehangir, Mistry opens the book to lives outside the family. Characters like Yezad's ebullient employer Mr Kapur, the eager but incompetent handyman Edul Munshi, the violinist Daisy Ichhaporia and others provide a keen sense of the wider world of Bombay in which the family dramas are secretively played out. What best emerges from the novel is Mistry's compassionate sense of the frustrations, temptations and everyday sufferings life imposes on all his characters. All, in the end, resemble one another in the accommodations and compromises they are obliged to make. --Nick Rennison

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