A Fine Balance

by Rohinton Mistry | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 057123058x Global Overview for this book
Registered by worldbooknight on 2/25/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by worldbooknight on Friday, February 25, 2011
Dear Reader

Welcome to BookCrossing and thanks for being a part of World Book Night 2011, the largest book giveaway in history. 1,000,000 specially printed copies of 25 different books changed hands on March 5th 2011 and began their journey from reader to reader. This book is one of them. World Book Night has joined with BookCrossing to help track these books as they travel. You can be a part of that journey by making a comment in the book's journal here on BookCrossing. Your journal entry can say how you got the book, what you thought of it, your plans for it or whatever else you might like to add.

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Thanks in advance for being part of World Book Night and BookCrossing. And happy reading and sharing.

Journal Entry 2 by worldbooknight at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, February 25, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (2/25/2011 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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This book is being released via BookCrossing on 5 March 2011 as part of the inaugural World Book Night. With the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day and the BBC, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

Read and release!

Journal Entry 3 by Troggymole at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, March 05, 2011
I am delighted to be a World Book Night giver and hope that whoever receives this book tonight will enjoy it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 4 by Troggymole at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, March 05, 2011
I am delighted to be a World Book Night giver and hope that whoever receives this book tonight will enjoy it as much as I did.

Journal Entry 5 by wingardachywing at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Sunday, March 06, 2011
Picked up from the World Book Night event in Colchester.

Journal Entry 6 by wingardachywing at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (5/19/2011 UTC) at Colchester, Essex United Kingdom

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Given to BookAmbler during meet up at the Layer Fox so that it can be passed on to Chamonix44.

Journal Entry 7 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Monday, June 20, 2011
Whilst on a recent holiday in Essex, I met up with BookAmbler who gave a few World Book Night books that Ardachy had managed to pick up for me. This is my way of taking part in this amazing event, by reading and journalling WBN books! I feel so lucky to have this chance. So thanks go here to the original giver, Troggymole, and also to BookAmbler for keeping these books for me while Ardachy was on holiday himself, but the biggest thank you goes to Ardachy for thinking of me and gathering these much wanted books for me! I really appreciate it.
After I have read this book myself, I will be lending it out to the people in my church congregation here in The Netherlands!

Journal Entry 8 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Just popped in to say that I will start reading this book tomorrow.
This will be my 23rd WBN book that I have read recently!! I still have Fingersmith, (at home),
to be read after this one. I'm still searching for a WBN copy of Cloud Atlas!


Amazon Editorial Review
With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

Journal Entry 9 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, August 21, 2011
I wanted to get this book finished and I just finished it now, at almost 3am!! It drew me in, and I didn't want to put it down as I was curious to know how it would end.
It is the story of 4 main characters who are completely different from each other, in likes and wants and thoughts. They overcome their differences to live together in Dina's flat for a year, and they became a sort of family, (but this was short-lived!)

This book was not easy for me to read because of all the descriptions of violence, poverty, squalor and misery that took place during mid-1970's India. Where the rich and those in power bullied, maimed and tortured the poor and weak people to get what they wanted.

I quite liked the end chapter where Maneck thinks back to old times and remembers how things were, and feels sad that things have to change. I often feel and think that way too!

Anyway, if you can read to the end, through all 613 pages then you will discover that the ending takes an unexpected turn!

Journal Entry 10 by chamonix44 at Haaksbergen, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, February 24, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (2/24/2012 UTC) at Haaksbergen, Overijssel Netherlands

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I'm having a get-together with expat friends,and lots of them want to read the WBN books This book is going to Haaksbergen with Myra. I will stand over her soon and make her write a journal entry, otherwise we might never get one! Since there is a computer here....why not?

Journal Entry 11 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Haaksbergen, Overijssel Netherlands on Friday, February 24, 2012
It's a big book, but no worries. You have persuaded me that it's worth a read. Thanks Nicole.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Haaksbergen, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
It was not pleasant to read all of the terrible things that happened to people in India in the 70's. A story of poverty, friendship, hardship, dependence and a sort of love.
Thanks for letting me read this in my own time.

Journal Entry 13 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I received this book today, and it is now back in my 2011 World Book Night Book Box. However, I will be retiring this 2011 box for a while as I want to promote the books in my 2012 WBN book box. I do not have all the titles yet, but I do have quite a few of them. The others are proving very difficult to get hold of. So, until all my 2012 books are out with new readers, this book will be having a rest!

Journal Entry 14 by chamonix44 at Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands on Thursday, February 14, 2013
This book is now reserved for Bloedengel in Belgium. Promised to her via the Wish List Tag Game.
Thank you for saying that I can mail it out to you the next time I am in the UK.

Journal Entry 15 by chamonix44 at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/28/2013 UTC) at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium

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I will be posting the book sometime between 27th June and 29th June 2013 from the UK.
This is my part from The Wish List Tag Game, as promised.
I hope you enjoy it Bloedengel.



If you are reading here, then I want to tell you that this is a. FREE . book, and there are no catches! It is now yours! Please read on.....
If you are the finder of this book it would be nice if you could leave a message here to say that you have it. Do not worry because I don't want the book back. It is yours to keep if you want it. I just want to know it is now in safe hands.If you decide to join BookCrossing i would be very pleased if you put my name:
chamonix44
as your referring member.

Journal Entry 16 by bloedengel at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, July 05, 2013
I forgot about this one, so it was a nice surprise seeing it turn up on my doorstep this morning. It was a little less funny that I forgot I was still in my (very underdressed) pyjama’s while opening the window for the postman : - ) Ah well, … this ‘ll happen to him every once in a while I guess. He did not blink : - )
I got a copy of this book by coincidence in the meanwhile, but I have a very good purpose for this one, because of it’s white cover. I’ll put it aside to swap it in the white cover bookbox that is travelling my way as we speak and choose another one. Hope this ‘ll find a nice new reader quickly that way.
Thank you Chamonix for the tagging : -)

Journal Entry 17 by bloedengel at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, July 05, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (7/5/2013 UTC) at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium

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I've put this in the German white bookbox cover. Perfect fit ! Happy travels !

Journal Entry 18 by bloedengel at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, July 05, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (7/5/2013 UTC) at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium

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I've put this in the German white bookbox cover. Perfect fit ! Happy travels !

Journal Entry 19 by SANIYE at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, January 19, 2014
Das Buch ist mit der White Cover-Box bei mir angekommen.
Vielen Dank!
Es ist nur schade, dass nicht jeder hier einen Eintrag macht.
Ich werde es nicht lesen können, weil ich nicht Englisch kann.

Journal Entry 20 by SANIYE at Lorch (Württemberg), Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, January 27, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (1/28/2014 UTC) at Lorch (Württemberg), Baden-Württemberg Germany

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Lieber Finder!
Ich bin ein freies Buch, dass Du zum Lesen mitnehmen kannst.
Bitte mach, wenn Du kannst, einen Eintrag im Internet (oder lass es machen) unter
www.bookcrossing.com/.........! Wo jetzt die Punkte sind, da gehört die BCID-Nummer hin.
Schreib etwas darüber, wo Du das Buch gefunden hast, nur soviel, wie Du möchtest (es ist aber freiwillig, nicht Pflicht und anonym ohne Namen), damit der nächste Leser weiß, wo es schon war und ich weiß, wohin es reist, vielleicht nach Australien oder Afrika?
Zuerst einmal mit der White-Cover-Box nach Baden-Würtemberg.

Journal Entry 21 by FeuerLöwin at Lorch (Württemberg), Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, February 06, 2014
Des Buch ischd aus dr Whide Covr Box d heide wiedr zuHause (also bei mir 😁) eingedrudeld ischd.

Des Buch kommd erschd Mol zu meina AVL's

Das Buch geht nun als RayBook auf die Reise!

Regeln:
- Lesezeit max 8 Wochen
- sobald das Buch bei euch eingetrudelt ist, bitte einen JE machen!


Aktuelle Reihenfolge steht hier

Journal Entry 23 by Kattakatze at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, February 24, 2014
Angekommen! Dankeschön! :)

Journal Entry 24 by Kattakatze at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, August 01, 2014
Ein farbenprächtiger Bilderbogen über das Indien zu Zeiten Indira Gahndis....voller Widersprüche, irgendwo zwischen3.Welt und Aufbruch gefangen. Spannend zu lesen - aber man sollte schon richtig gut englisch können. Das Buch ist mal richtig dick... ;)

Journal Entry 25 by Kattakatze at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (8/21/2014 UTC) at Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany

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Auf dem Weg zu Marita, die gerne englische Bücher liest! :)

Mach's gut, Buch - wir kannten uns nur kurz, aber du hast mir viel Spass bereitet! Pass auf dich auf und lass von dir hören! :)

Journal Entry 26 by Chremajora at Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Monday, April 25, 2016
Marita hat mir dieses Buch vor langer Zeit gegeben, nachdem sie es gern gelesen hat. Was soll ich nun damit tun? Selbst lesen möchte ich nicht, denn ich besitze meine eigene Kopie. Ich habe gerade festgestellt, dass das Buch teil eines Rays ist - was ist das überhaupt und wie geht es weiter? Ich würde es gern weitersenden, denn ich sehe, dass ich es sehr lange aufgehalten habe...

Journal Entry 27 by Chremajora at Harbour wall in Whitby, North Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (8/1/2016 UTC) at Harbour wall in Whitby, North Yorkshire United Kingdom

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This was one of the books I chose to release while on holiday in the UK. I left it on the harbour wall and, minutes later, saw how a lady handed the book over the wall to someone on the beach ramp. As the ramp is much lower than the wall, I have no idea who it was handed to or what happened next. It would be so nice to read the next chapter in the life of this beautiful book...

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Happy travels! Don't forget to write home every now and then, little book!

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