Friday, July 11, 2008

Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry

First sentence:

The first light of morning barely illuminated the sky as Gustad Noble faced eastward to offer his orisons to Ahura Mazda.


"In Rohinton Mistry's first novel, Such a Long Journey, Gustad Noble, a dedicated and somewhat innocent bank clerk, finds his familial life and his professional life unravelling as his son rejects filial piety, his best friend involves him in political intrigue, and his own rationality and morality confront a world of change.

Set in 1971 Bombay with its turbulent national politics complemented by worse tensions on the international scene, the novel teems with the life of its city and the many characters who populate Gustad Noble's fascinating world."

My thoughts:

This was a beautifully written book highlighting journeys both physical and emotional. I liked the interactions between Gustad and his friends and family, as even when things were rough, I knew that Gustad cared. I also liked the ways political and religious news affected Gustad and his neighbors.

Date read: 6/27/2008
Book #: 39
Challenge: Book Awards Challenge, Man Booker Challenge
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0771098979
ISBN-13: 9780771098970
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Year: 1993
# of Pages: 413
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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