Family Matters was just as good as A Fine Balance. Mistry is so good at depicting day to day life of Indian culture. I couldn't put this book down because my interest was peaked all through the book. I felt the family problems like they were happening to my own family and wanted more confrontation between the characters so that it would better their lives. But Mistry had a plan for the characters from the begining. I loved every detail.
Excellent foreign literature that is timeless in its approach. Nariman, 79, has broken an ankle and now much depend on his children to help him. His stepchildren, although have the room, find the request beyone their means. Finally Nariman's daughter and family take care of him. Though difficult, they discover the joys and sorrows of family.
I really felt this story. The theme of family responsibility and how to share it is a theme shared throughout many cultures. The characters were intriguing and there were enough twists to keep it interesting.
Mistry has mastered the art of describing human interactions so that every reader can identify with them. The father in this novel is a totally sympathetic character who is faced with the selfishness of a step-daughter, the weakness of a step-son and the generosity of a daughter who is challenged by trying to provide for her nuclear family at the same time she ministers to her father. This book is unlike the masterpiece A Fine Balance in that it doesn't directly address political situations that contribute to the difficulty of already-stressful lives. The reader is left to draw that assumption from such occurences as the attempt to migrate to Canada. Mistry is a highly proficient writer with an undeniable penchant for drawing his readers into the lives, hearts and motivations of his characters. Once again, Mr. Mistry, bravo.
Robert Arthur Kewdingham, an out-of-work husband who "collects" things from bits of Roman artifacts to plain rubbish is a hypochondriac and believes himself to be a high priest of the lost Atlantis is pushing his wife to the limit of her endurance. Her husband's relatives are just as nasty to her as Robert is. Unable to cope any longer, Robert's wife decides to poison him and the local doctor himself is experimenting with a drug of his own devising on Robert that should kill him. Yet, Robert does not die as each the doctor and the wife increase their dosages. A very intriguing mystery with a host of suspects.