Book Review: Family Matters

This book by Rohinton Mistry touches three generations of a family struggling against powerful psychosocial forces. Nariman Vakeel and his children and grandchildren are buffetted by their need for love, validation and fulfillment as well as social and political demands. Out of this cauldron arise, variously, joy, humor, selfishness, generosity, corruption, desperation, redemption, rebellion, conformation and despair.

The reader is given fascinating details about Parsi religion, tradition and culture, and can see how it influences and is influenced by the larger Indian context that includes so many others.

Tags: Reading, Religion

Updated at: 1 May 2006 12:05 AM

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