A Fine Balance

~ You’ll be into this if: you think oldies are not only goodies but besties ~

Don’t get me wrong, I love keeping up to date with new releases but damnit I’m a sucker for a classic. A Fine Balance has been on my ‘to-read’ list for ages – for some reason I couldn’t find it in bookstores and then suddenly one day it just appeared on my bookshelf… less because of a ghost and more because my mum apparently put it there months ago, told me, reminded me and I still completely forgot. How good are mum’s! Anyway, this book is incredible. It’s set in India in 1975 when the Government had just declared a state of emergency – because of the this, the lives of four strangers get intertwined as their previous lives are completely destroyed. The book tells the story of each individual’s history and then as they come together – it shows how the human spirit is made to rise above, adapt and above all, love. So many things throughout this book moved me, but the quote that sticks with me is this: “You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.. yes, in the end, it’s all a question of balance”. You know what, I tend to agree. I really didn’t ever want to put this book down and found myself furious at night when my eyes began involuntarily shutting. So yeah, I guess I recommend this book.

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