Saturday, April 27
Book Review: Tales From Firozsha Baag
Author: Rohinton Mistry
Summary: In these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay. Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost-seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag; Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the final story as an adult in Toronto. We see their passions, their worst fears, their betrayals, and their humorous acts of revenge. Witty and poignant, in turns, these intersecting stories create a finely textured mosaic of lives and illuminate a world poised between the old ways and the new.
My Rating: 3/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: To say this collection, didn't work for me is an understatement. By the time the book was done, I was glad to be done with the book.
There wasn't a single short story I enjoyed, or liked. There were ones I disliked more than others, and one that nearly made me give up reading the book altogether, Squatter. Which was probably one of the worst short stories I've ever read. The content of the story was less than desirable to read, although the ending had a message of immigration and differences of culture, which was an important one, how the author chose to show that message was rather did not work.
The rest of the stories had a few interesting qualities here and there, but for the most part they lacked any concrete development for the characters or the plot. There was never that interesting grab to pull you in, or anything to make me want to read the next story.
Overall, not a collection I enjoyed and not one I'd recommend.
I'll try out the author again at some point, as I do have another one of his books on my shelf to read, but this collection, has me turned off for now.
Would I recommend it to read: I wouldn't. This collection didn't work for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to read.
What to read next: Years of Red Dust - Stories of Shanghai. A Fine Balance.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Mount TBR Challenge, New Authors Challenge