Family Matters

Family Matters

Book - 2003
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Set in Bombay in the mid-1990s, Family Matters tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demands of tradition and the possibilities for compassion. Nariman Vakeel, the patriarch of a small discordant family, is beset by Parkinson's and haunted by memories of his past. He lives with his two middle-aged stepchildren, Coomy, bitter and domineering, and her brother, Jal, mild-mannered and acquiescent. But the burden of the illness worsens the already strained family relationships. Soon, their sweet-tempered half-sister, Roxana, is forced to assume sole responsibility for her bedridden father. And Roxana's husband, besieged by financial worries, devises a scheme of deception involving his eccentric employer at a sporting goods store, setting in motion a series of events that leads to the narrative's moving outcome. Family Matters has all the richness, the gentle humour, and the narrative sweep that have earned Mistry the highest of accolades around the world.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2003.
Edition: Emblem edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780771061288
0771061285
Branch Call Number: MIS
Characteristics: 469 pages ; 22 cm

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NanCcan
Nov 17, 2016

I managed to get through it, but it is not an easy read simply because most of the characters are so self-absorbed and constantly quarrelling, doing devious things, and seeming to not care about others feelings. Perhaps this is a portrait of how life really was in this time and place, but I hope not. There are a few characters who know how to empathize and be generous.

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GLNovak
Apr 23, 2016

I loved this book. Mistry is a wonderful writer, for his storyline, his characters, the scene-setting observations and language, and the weaving of all of this to make an engaging and compelling whole. There is so much in here, all of it learned as we read about Nariman, his two step-children, his daughter and son-in-law, and his two grandsons. Family knows no boundaries; it is the same worldwide with the same issues to deal with. An invalid parent needs care, but who provides it, and why, and how. Decisions are made with sometimes disasterous consequences. I, as a reader, became more and more drawn in to the son-in-law's story, and more baffled as to his choices. Great story that stays with you past the last page.

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hankremmers
Oct 29, 2014

Not finished

Veeka18 May 18, 2012

This book made me take a look at my life and the way I treat my parents. I'm glad I read it.

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grugster
Apr 15, 2011

A sensitive, insightful and often funny portrayal of family politics and so much more. A wise and enjoyable book.

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sowdev
May 10, 2010

good protrayal of the main character and the family

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

A seventy-nine-year-old man struggles to be independent from his overprotective step-children as he relives his past relationships and contemplates the overwhelming influences family can have on individual lives.

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