Family Matters

by Rohinton Mistry | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by rem_IUM-600892 on 9/1/2007
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by rem_IUM-600892 on Saturday, September 1, 2007
picked up at the charity shop

Journal Entry 2 by rem_IUM-600892 at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, February 19, 2011
A lovely, touching portrait of a family as they struggle to cope with caring for an elderly relative.

This is going into the 1001 library

Journal Entry 3 by 1001-library at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thanks so much for your donation jaynereader!

This book is now part of the 1001-library. If you want to take this book from the library but don't know how to proceed, please refer to the 1001-library bookshelf.

Journal Entry 4 by rem_IUM-600892 at Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 31, 2011
Being put into a 1001 book box

Journal Entry 5 by wingsoffitta1wing at Ávila, Ávila Spain on Monday, June 20, 2011
Arrived in the UK 1001-Library Bookbox.

This is my second Rohinton Mistry, I read A Fine Balance fairly recently, a great book, and I am happy to say that Family Matters does not disappoint.

As the title implies, the book is all about a family, the family of Nariman Vakeel, the whose marriage to a widow turned him into the patriarch of an extended family. Now an old man, Nariman's family is on the brink of collapse as he becomes sicker. Palmed off on his daughter and step-children, he has lost control of his life, leaving him with more time to reminisce about the past, of their life together as a family as well as his tragic love affair.

Every family has its own issues, resentments that fester over many years which raise their ugly heads when the family reaches a crisis. Nariman's family is no different. There is a distance between him and his step-children, stemming from his marriage to their mother. His daughter Roxana and her family have their own troubles, exacerbated by the financial burden of her father coming to stay. Her husband, Yezad, has been unable to fulfill his dreams, making him a rather temperamental man.

Through the family's own story, we get a look into life in Bombay, and into tensions in the city, with Nariman's family's disapproval of his relationship with a girl from outside their community and the threatening actions of Shiv Sena, a violent political group. Bombay itself is more than a backdrop in the novel, the city is so richly painted by author, making it a character of its own.

Mistry has written a novel which has a good plot, well-drawn characters and which will keep you turning those pages to see how it all hangs together in the end.

Journal Entry 6 by 1001-library at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, February 24, 2012


This book is now back on the 1001 library bookshelf and can be borrowed by PMing soffitta1:)

If you want to take this book from the library but don't know how to proceed, please refer to the library bookshelf.

Journal Entry 7 by wingsoffitta1wing at Dovercourt, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Reserved for a Portuguese reader.

Journal Entry 8 by wingsoffitta1wing at Dovercourt, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Released 6 yrs ago (2/18/2016 UTC) at Dovercourt, Essex United Kingdom

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Going to Portugal with another book by he same author.

Journal Entry 9 by ArwenG at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Got it in the mail today thanks 😊

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