.... sometime you have maintain a fine balance between hope and despair". Such a terrible way to live that you can't give yourself too much hope nor despair to overcome the endless misfortunates in life.
It is kind of a belated post. The Man Booker Prize of 2006 was announced a couple of weeks ago. The Man Booker Prize is an annual award given to comtemporary English fiction. I am rarely disappointed when I select my reading materials from the list of past winners or even the shortlisted novels. It was a delighted to know that this year's Booker goes to another India novelist, Kiran Desai and her book "The Inhertitance of Loss". I have gone out to buy it the next day when I heard about the news. Why do I have so much faith Indian writers? The two previous Bookers I read by Indian novelist were among some of the best novels I have read, they were "Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie and "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy. Together with "A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Misty were novels that have profoundly touched me.
There are certain common elements that runs through those three novels, characters from marginal communities, living in turbulent times, caste systems, despairs and unfulfilled dream, weaved through a poetic style of writing and sometimes offers me a glimpse of philosophy of indian way of life. The line that I remember most well from "A Fine Balance" is ".... sometime you have maintain a fine balance between hope and despair". Such a terrible way to live that you can't give yourself too much hope nor despair to overcome the endless misfortunates in life.
Well going back to "Inheritance of Loss", I have just started reading it, so in due course I can give you a full report about it. But at the moment, I will just share with you the opening lines of New York Times review, "ALTHOUGH it focuses on the fate of a few powerless individuals, Kiran Desai's extraordinary new novel manages to explore, with intimacy and insight, just about every contemporary international issue: globalization, multiculturalism, economic inequality, fundamentalism and terrorist violence. Despite being set in the mid-1980's, it seems the best kind of post-9/11 novel." If like the review said, the novel touches on the global issues of today yet, connect them with the everyday characters with the skills of all the other Bookers winner, I am sure it will be a lovely ride to read on.