With extraordinarily deft storytelling and clear, cool compassion for its characters, this novel charts the enormous changes in Indian society through the the experiences and eyes of the four main characters whose lives intertwine in the 1970’s.
Mistry is an astonishingly talented writer and artist. Often, with a single, delicately crafted sentence, the truth and clarity of his vision will pierce your heart. And the unforgettable characters Dina, Ishvar, Om, and Maneck have stayed with me since I first read this book in 1999.
Though darker than Mahfouz, Mistry is no less deserving of Nobel recognition.