Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Bombay 1971, the year India went to war over what was to become Bangladesh.
Hard-working bank clerk, Gustad Noble is a devoted family man who struggles to do his best for his family and friends. His is the one reasonable voice amidst the ongoing dramas of his neighbours, one of whom is the poignant local character Tehmul, a man harmless but brain damaged, Gustad is the only one who can interpret his distorted speech.
Times are changing and gradually Gustad’s modest life starts unravelling. His young daughter falls ill and his promising son defies his father’s ambitions for him by refusing a college scholarship he has won.
One day Gustad receives a letter from his old friend Major Bilimoria. The Major works for Indira Gandhi’s secret police, he asks Gustad to help him in what at first seems like an heroic mission. But Gustad soon finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous network of deception.
Brilliantly written, comic and poignant. Compassionate and rich in details of character and place, this unforgettable novel charts the journey of a moral heart in a turbulent world of change. I thoroughly enjoyed this touching story and felt I knew Gustad and his family very well. Highly recommend it.
~Happy Reading ~