Family Matters

Family Matters

Book - 2002
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A domestic drama and an intently observed portrait of present-day Bombay in all its vitality and corruption. At the age of seventy-nine, Nariman Vakeel, already suffering from Parkinson’s disease, breaks an ankle and finds himself wholly dependent on his family. His step-children, Coomy and Jal, have a spacious apartment (in the inaptly named Chateau Felicity), but are too squeamish and resentful to tend to his physical needs. Nariman must now turn to his younger daughter, Roxana, her husband, Yezad, and their two sons, who share a small, crowded home. Their decision will test not only their material resources but, in surprising ways, all their tolerance, compassion, integrity, and faith.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, 2002
Branch Call Number: FICTION MIS
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings)


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Dec 18, 2018

Not quite on the same level of "Such a Long Journey" or "A Fine Balance," but still worth reading.

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.

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.

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.

Apr 15, 2011

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

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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