Such a Long Journey is set in Bombay against the backdrop of war in the Indian subcontinent and the birth of Bangladesh, telling the story of the peculiar way in which the conflict impinges on the lives of Gustad Noble, an ordinary man, and his family.Such a Long Journey is a brilliant first novel by one of the most remarkable writers to have emerged from the Indian literary tradition in many years. It was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize, and won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize.
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Mistry does something that only the really natural writers can do: without apparent effort, manipulation or contrivance, he creates characters you like instantly and will gladly follow for as long as the novel leads. The book is about an Indian family during the years of Indira Ganhdi's rule; it's also a study of the times, its politics and corruption, and was especially interesting for me, who knows so little about life in the rest of the world. It had to be a good book: after I read Such a Long Journey, I wanted to go right out and buy a plane ticket and see India for myself.From the Back Cover:
“Mistry is a writer of considerable achievement.…Patiently and with loving humour, [he] develops a portrait and draws his people with such care and understanding that their trials become our tragedies.”
“A seamless, gracefully written trek through a rocky period in one man’s life.…A rewarding literary excursion.”
“This fine first novel demonstrates the bright-hard reality of India’s middle class.…Mistry is a singular pleasure to read, and his description of India is a lucid, living account.”
– San Francisco Chronicle
“A passionate embracing of life in all its manifestations.”
– Books in Canada
“A rich, humane work, undoubtedly one of the best novels about India in recent years.”
– The Spectator (U.K.)
“The world of Such a Long Journey is vivid, lively, and comic – a rich and richly recreated setting.”
– Winnipeg Free Press
“Fascinating.…Mistry manages to convey a vivid picture of India through sharp affectionate sketches of Indian family life and a gift for erotic satire.”
– New York Times Book Review
“A highly poised and accomplished work.”
– The Observer (U.K.)
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Descripción Faber & Faber, 1992. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0571165257