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  • Title: Familiekwesties
  • Author: Rohinton Mistry
  • ISBN: 9789035124431
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nariman Vakeel, a seventy nine year old Parsi widower, beset by Parkinson s disease and haunted by memories of the past, lives in a once elegant apartment with his two middle aged stepchildren When his condition worsens he is forced to take up residence with Roxana, his own daughter, her husband, Yezad, and their two young sons The effect of the new responsibility on YezNariman Vakeel, a seventy nine year old Parsi widower, beset by Parkinson s disease and haunted by memories of the past, lives in a once elegant apartment with his two middle aged stepchildren When his condition worsens he is forced to take up residence with Roxana, his own daughter, her husband, Yezad, and their two young sons The effect of the new responsibility on Yezad, who is already besieged by financial worries, pushes him into a scheme of deception This sets in motion a series of events a great unravelling and a revelation of the family s love torn past, that leads to the narrative s final outcome.About the AuthorRohinton Mistry was born in 1952 and grew up in Bombay, India, where he also attended university In 1975 he emigrated to Canada, where he began a course in English and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.He is the author of three novels and one collection of short stories His debut novel, Such a Long Journey 1991 , won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book and the Governor General s Award, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize It was made into an acclaimed feature film in 1998 His second novel, A Fine Balance 1995 , won many prestigious awards, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Giller Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize His collection of short stories, Tales from Firozsha Baag, was published in 1987.In 2002 Faber published Mistry s third novel, Family Matters, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award It won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association Award.In translation, his work has been published in twenty nine languages He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2010.
    Familiekwesties Nariman Vakeel a seventy nine year old Parsi widower beset by Parkinson s disease and haunted by memories of the past lives in a once elegant apartment with his two middle aged stepchildren When hi

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    1. The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.Flipping through the pages, my heart leapt many times those waves bearing the ring of countenance were from still stream but the ones with ripples of accusation roared thunder Accusation Accusation hurled towards whom The fictional characters delicately brought to life by the stinging brush of the author or the guilty, manipulative, egocentric, conceited character of mine Did my fingers pause typing these words defining myself They did And [...]

    2. UPDATE.Nov 17th Completed Book.Completed Review STAGE 2 This is my first book by Robinton Mistry a dangerous novel to begin at 1am Thankfully, the prior five hours sleep sustained me for another 5 hours At which point, I had to drift off again for a little morning sleep Note Today is Friday, Nov 6th Hmmm, our daughter s 30th birthday FAMILY MATTERS see, I couldn t resist not thinking of family I was inspired to read this from having read Seemita s review 3 times Thank You, Seemita Note I bought [...]

    3. As Nariman counts his last breaths amid the serene violin rendition of Brahms Lullaby, played by Daisy, my mind races through a gloomy apartment where the stale odor of eau de cologne amalgamates in the air of misery thriving among the bustling of outside traffic and noisy vendors trying to earn their daily wage unaware of Nariman s existence The acridity of my parched throat makes me think about my death Will I die as a happy soul or will death be a gift that I would crave in the course of vuln [...]

    4. Curious, he thought, how, if you knew a person long enough, he could elicit every kind of emotion from you, every possible reaction, envy, admiration, pity, irritation, fury, fondness, jealousy, love, disgust But in the end all human beings became candidates for compassion, all of us, without exceptiond if we could recognize this from the beginning, what a saving in pain and grief and misery This thought from Yezad ch 17 sums up his moment of insight in this teeming story of generational family [...]

    5. Well, I read this the whole way through and Steve Urkel didn t appear once, folks.This confirms my suspicion that Rohinton Mistry is one of the finest writers of our time While I still preferred A Fine Balance of the two stories I ve read by him it was grander in scale , the intimate Family Matters is still 100 percent 5 star fare with rich, evocative, Dickensian characters, set against the sprawling, corrupt, bustling backdrop of Bombay soon to be Mumbai, India.When the 79 year old patriarch o [...]

    6. I have been mulling over my review for this book all day I ended up really unsure of my feelings about it I suppose up until the events of the last third I was happy to give this one a ringing endorsement The titular family matters under discussion are principally the care of the elderly Nariman, afflicted with Parkinsons and a broken ankle he is unceremoniously deposited with his daughters family, the care of whom places enormous strain on an already stretched family budget This premise allows [...]

    7. This novel was another of my bibliotherapy prescriptions, specifically intended as a cure for worry about ageing parents Retired professor Nariman Vakeel, 79, has Parkinson s disease and within the first few chapters has also fallen and broken his ankle His grown stepchildren, Coomy and Jal, who are reluctant to care for him anyway, decide they can t cope with the daily reality of bedpans, sponge baths and spoon feeding and conspire to make it look like it s impossible to keep Pappa in their lar [...]

    8. What, I didn t review Family Matters Okay, here is the review Rohinton Mistry three novels, three five star ratingsWow

    9. This book did for me what Suketu Mehta s Bombay Maximum City couldn t I could see, smell and feel the mega city throughout the pages of this both realistic and nostalgic novel I suppose that also my unability to throrouhghly enjoy non fiction plays a role in this, I just need characters and plot to stay interested through a thick volume and Mistry provides both in a masterly way Bombay and his protagonist s love and hate for the rotting and still lovely and lively place is one of the topics he a [...]

    10. I read this as part of the Mookse and Gripes reading of the 2002 Man Booker Prize shortlist I am not sure I would have picked it up apart from that incentive To be honest, after about 100 pages, I was thinking of putting it back down again It is, deliberately I believe, farcical as it relates the story of members a family battling against one another The book description here on provides all the plot background that is necessary, so there is no need for me to write anything about that As we are [...]

    11. I usually feel a little bit of glow after finishing any book I have the bad habit of calling every book I just finished my favorite until I finish the next one But in this case, I really must stress that Family Matters is one of the best books I have ever read I never re read books, but this is one of those rare gems that even I want to return to If you took all of Shakespeare s tragedies, condensed them into a story about one family, and set it in Bombay in the 1990s, this book would be the res [...]

    12. Reading Family Matters after reading A Fine Balance is a little anticlimactic A Fine Balance comes very close to my idea of a perfect novel, so I doubted that Rohinton Mistry would be able to deliver something of similar calibre a second time There is just something about A Fine Balance that smashes that wall between reader and text, breaking down the barrier until the fiction becomes as close to truth as fiction can It is a visceral, highly emotional experience and it is utterly singular and im [...]

    13. ETA The only reason I originally gave this three rather than two stars was that 1 it accurately describes the deplorable way we today deal with old age and sickness in MANY countries of the world, and2 not all blame was heaped on the government People are who they are and unfortunately we often fail in coping with sick and or elderly in our own family.The book was realistic In its realism I found it terribly depressing All I can say is that this book made me miserable I cannot deal with stories [...]

    14. The one thing that is common to all cultures is the difficulties in taking care of our aged parents or other family members So from the beginning this story really hit home, basically had something similar to this happen in my husband s family, although I felt this was a bit exaggerated The characters were all well drawn, even the characters on the sidelines were interesting and the two young boys won my heart It definitely showed the effects and strain on everyone in the family and even when th [...]

    15. I had read this book a long time ago but still remember it as it dealt with a slightly different aspect This is the story of a Parsi family living in Mumbai as they progress through life It was like reading through the diary of the family members as it slowly moves towards the end.May be I would read it again sometimes to see what has changed with me being 35 now and also my own growth as a reader as well Well this was good enough that I remember the book still Well Keep on Reading folks.

    16. I liked this book after awhile, but initially, one of the characters, Coomy, irritated me so much I almost quit Although the story is about a Mumbai family of Parsi s, and there are many Indian cultural specific foods, religious customs and words mentioned, I felt this is a universal story about all affectionate, middle class families But on the other hand, the universality reminded me of the claustrophobic and eternal familial struggles of all human family life, which affect most families throu [...]

    17. This is an exquisite book Rohinton Mistry spins a tale of a Zoroastrian family, a story which can be the story of any family anywhere.Nariman Vakeel has a fall, Jal and Coomy his step children, send their father to their half sister Roxanne Poor Roxanne has a small apartment, has a husband and two children It is not that Jal and Coomy dislike Roxanne, oh no they do love their sister Roxanne a great deal Jal and Coomy are just so unhappy, their lives follow a pattern and they hardly have anything [...]

    18. beautiful, beautiful and again beautiful what an amazing book a fine balance by the same author is also on my top list, and i m so glad this one made it there as well i simply don t have enough words to explain this book just read it now

    19. Mistry transports us into the life of a struggling Parsi couple in Mumbai Bombay It is full of pathos and realism His language graphically conjures up the characters, a tiny apartment, the marital tensions, the feelings of two young boys, the stresses of trying to cope with too little money and a naive employer, and particularly the deterioration in the health of the grandfather Nariman Vakeel is a 79 year old widower forces by circumstances and parents to reject his true love and marry within t [...]

    20. Rating 4.5 5This book is not surprisingly about a family More specifically, it follows three generations of a Parsi family living in modern Mumbai formerly Bombay As the grandfather of the family, Nariman is likely the best candidate to be declared the main character of this novel, but it is truly and ensemble cast, with Nariman s step children Jal and Coomy, his daugther and son in law Roxanna and Yezda and his grandchildren Janghela and Murad all playing important roles.This is an exquisite no [...]

    21. Just arrived from Israel through BM.This is the first book written by Rohinton Mistry that I ve read and I really liked it.The story is about the family of Nariman Vakeel, a 79 year old Parsi widower who suffers from Parkinson s disease To worsen his physical health, he ends breaking his ankle, getting unable thus of getting around Even living with his step children, Coomy and Jal, they weren t able to take good care of their father.By forcing the circumstances, Nariman is forced to move to the [...]

    22. There is to the title than first meets the eye Is it family MATTERS Or is it FAMILY matters The meaning of matters evolves as the story progresses Mistry discusses this, and much , in a 51 minute interview for WAMU, on Sept 30, 2002 thedianerehmshow shows 200That interview was part of the book tour that, unfortunately, occurred too soon after 9 11 According to a November 3, 2002 BBC report Canadian author, Rohinton Mistry, has cancelled the second half of his US book tour because of racial prof [...]

    23. Took me a while to get into this one but once I was in, it was quite a remarkable read Mistry spins a tale about Bombay through the story of one family undergoing dramatic yet completely plausible, at times quiet, ordinary events Mistry is not trying to wow anyone through crash boom bang events, yet even in its subtlety this story had a Shakespearean sense of tragedy and betrayal and loss not just for the family, but for a city whose beauty and vibrance was contantly underscored by corruption, v [...]

    24. It was like reading a play with the characters performing so well The characters like the letter writer,shop owner, violinist, gambler were very unique though playing the supporting cast were quite unique and lovable too Sad that I was ignorant about this Indian author Really loved reading this book.

    25. A very slow novel that contain heart felt moments and funny little devious schemes Thia book, as I found out through my English teacher, has deeper meaning than just family WHY CAN T SOMETHING JUST BE SIMPLE WHY MUST I OVER ANALYSE THIS

    26. It s a classic Rohinton Mistry, nobody expects the man to paint happy little rainbows, but melancholia seeps through the pages of Family Matters In some ways, it s reminiscent of A Fine Balance, the manner in which characters are affected by events larger than themselves, but manage to trudge along until Mistry decides, in one fell swoop, to unleash all the horrors of hell upon them In other ways, it s like Such A Long Journey, with its focus on familial affairs and a relative tunnel vision vie [...]

    27. Until recently, if someone had said to me that people and families can be very similar, no matter what the country or culture, I would have listened, filed that idea away, and forgotten about it Now, having read Family Matters, I ve come to understand and feel the truth of that notion Rohinton Mistry s words and the characters he created have led to me to that understanding and feeling The notion is a seemingly simple one, but one that s important and one that I hope stays with me.In my ignoranc [...]

    28. This is a big fat Dickensian story set in India Unfortunately, I seem to have lost my taste for big fat Dickensian stories I enjoyed the book, but not excessively What I found most interesting was the insight into family life, attitudes and restrictions And how much American pop culture has infiltrated India It was interesting to see how they hopped back and forth between English and various Indian languages The book would have benefited from a glossary, though If I had known what some of the fo [...]

    29. Onvan Family Matters Nevisande Rohinton Mistry ISBN 037570342X ISBN13 9780375703423 Dar 500 Safhe Saal e Chap 2002

    30. Carrying your death with you every day would make it hard to waste time on unkindness and anger and bitterness, on anything petty Well reading a Rohinton Mistry book is like, sitting in the same room where the characters of the book are sitting Smelling what the characters are smelling and roaming in the same markets where people are wandering in the book.I really found A fine balance intricate than this one And that was a huge shocker I was expecting something unflinching in the end from this [...]

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