Tuesday, 13 April 2010

My Thoughts: Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry

This is my third Rohinton Mistry read and I loved them all so far, yes they're certainly not cheery but they're are so well written and constructed that you can appreciate the beauty of the situations.
This is a much shorter output than some of his other work. Tales from Firozsha Baag is actually a collection of short stories all based on the lives of people livng in an apartment block. Unlike with most short story collections I read this one straight through as their was so many links that the stories blended together in a good way.
The stories, based in India, feature many elements you find in lots of Indian stories - families struggling together, neighbourly jealousy, the story tellers, parents aspirations for their children and children migrating and forgetting their families. But he does it really well. Despite being short stories based on different families each character and situation quickly came to life.
A great read, especially if you want an introduction to this fantastic author.


raidergirl3 said...

I read this a long time ago, probably after A Fine Balance. I like this kind of short story collection, where there is a connection, sort of like Olive Kitteridge.

katrina said...

Never heard of Olive Kitteridge, will check it out