Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

Family MattersFamily Matters by Rohinton Mistry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 flat of his younger daughter Roxanna and her family in a very tight apartment. By consequence, Roxanna’s family will face with new challenges, from economical point of view and her children’s education as well.

Some religious and social issues are raised by the author along the narrative, specially concerning the Parsi’s heritage after the Partition of India.

A very realistic story written by some sense of humor. In any case, a magnificent and unforgettable book. Now, I must read A Fine Balance.


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