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In the Spirit of Mayhew

Frank Kermode: Rohinton Mistry, 25 April 2002

Family Matters 
by Rohinton Mistry.
Faber, 487 pp., £16.99, April 2002, 0 571 19427 3
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... Indeed they testify to the power, or if you prefer, the inertia, of that great central tradition. Rohinton Mistry has an affinity with Dickens, and some say with Stendhal, but the English novelist he most resembles seems to be Arnold Bennett. Bennett was a novelist of great skill and resource, well aware of the new techniques, new styles of ...

Parsi Magic

Amit Chaudhuri, 4 April 1991

Such a Long Journey 
by Rohinton Mistry.
Faber, 339 pp., £13.99, March 1991, 0 571 16147 2
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... in leaves, lagan-nu-custard, or ‘wedding custard’, the dessert served at Parsi weddings. Rohinton Mistry is a Parsi writer who lives in Canada, and has already written one book of short stories, Tales from Firozesha Baag. Firozesha Baag, I presume, is his fictionalised version of Cusrow Baug, a vast colony of similar-looking houses around ...

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Christopher Tayler: The School of Life, 19 May 2011

... Henry James with Tony Tanner. She sent me some promising recommendations – William Maxwell, Rohinton Mistry – but I wondered if nearly £2 a minute wasn’t pushing it. (Phone consultations, at £40, are cheaper.) I asked a friend who’d taught a class there about the School of Life. My friend said that it was like watching people marooned on a ...

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