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by | Read by Madhur Jaffrey

Fiction • 6 hrs. • Abridged • © 1995

Set in 1970s India, this engrossing story captures the brutal social policies of Indira Gandhi's government, illustrating their often tragic effects on the lives of four central characters. The abridged narration of this novel, a Booker Prize finalist, is skillfully handled by Madhur Jaffrey. Jaffrey's straightforward style of reading--sympathetic but not sentimental--serves the material well: So much sorrow befalls the story's likable characters that an overly absorbed narrator could easily tip its "fine balance" from hope to inconsolable despair. Through subtle shifts in tone and accent, Jaffrey conveys a wealth of information about different characters' personalities and stations in life. An outstanding performance. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]

Retail pak • Random House Audio • 2002

CS ISBN 0553756141 $25.95 • Four cassettes



Retail pak • Random House Audio • 2002

CS ISBN 0553756141 $25.95 • Four cassettes

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