As an immegrant writer, Mistry has used his different perspective to interrogate common assumptions about home and belonging in his Canadian narratives. Mistry's personal identity is further complicated by his Parsi identity. Even in India, the Parsi culture is a distinct minority.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Written by Rohinton Mistry, who was born in Bombay and has been living in Canada sinceFamily Matters is an impressive and masterful novel. It is sweeping in scope covering almost five hundred pagesyet intimately detailed in its description of family apartment living in Bombay.
The pace was at first ponderous, and I had to remind myself of great Asian films, especially Indian, whose rhythms are slower than the instant hit of Western films. But I soon became caught up in the lives of the wonderful characters in the story.
Nariman Vakeel is a seventy-nine-year-old widower who is stricken with Parkinson's disease and who lives with his two stepchildren—middle-aged spinster Coomey and bachelor Jal—in a once-elegant, seven-room flat. His younger, "blood" daughter, Roxana, lives in a small, two-room apartment with her husband, Yezad, and their two young sons.
Nariman breaks an ankle on his daily walk, requiring a full leg cast and bed rest for three weeks. The story is reminiscent of King Lear—which Nariman taught as an English professor—as it becomes a saga of "who will take care of Pappa.
Three weeks extend to four months, during which time we learn—memory by memory, in flashback—of Pappa's love affair with Catholic Lucy, his arranged marriage to Yasmin, the widowed mother of Coomey and Jal, and the horrific accident that ended her life.
Meanwhile, Roxana's family suffers from lack of space and privacy and from the onset of poverty as Pappa's medical expenses tip their budget over the edge.
How these characters deal with this family obligation is brilliantly drawn. They are alive and passionate, tragic and comic, cruel and compassionate. Yezad's transformation two times is profoundly moving, yet finally ironic.
It took me into a new world, a new experience of the senses—especially of smells. The odors of bedpans and unwashed bodies and talcum-dusted armpits in the muggy heat of Bombay swelter through this novel like an olfactory mantra.
The theme of corruption—personal and political—dances with that of love and goodness, as represented by Nariman's innocent grandson, whose first act of dishonesty is instigated by his desire to make money for his grandfather's medicine.
I can see why.
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You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:(Time) "A Fine Balance" and "Family Matters" are two of the many novels written by Rohinton Mistry.
In both novels he captures the reality of life in India, both negative and positive. There are many parallels between these books including the setting, the types of characters, and the violent deaths that occur.
An essay is presented on Parsi diasporic identity and its historical construction in India with reference to women characters in Rohinton Mistry's book "Family Matters." Topics discussed include the influence of nineteenth century English realism in Mistry's writing, the book as an attempt to.
This is a list of Canadian literary figures, including poets, novelists, children's writers, essayists, and scholars. DCB News (Mal. Pachakuthira. Emerging Kera. Kindle Store Buy A Kindle Free Kindle Reading Apps Kindle Books French eBooks Amazon Charts Kindle Singles Accessories Content and devices Kindle Support Buy A Kindle Reviews: Rohinton Mistry was born in and grew up in Bombay, India, where he also attended university.
In he emigrated to Canada, where he began a course in English and Philosophy at .