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Vikram Seth s novel is, at its core, a love story Lata and her mother, Mrs Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find through love or through exacting maternal appraisal a suitable boy for Lata to marry Set in the early s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence A Suitable Boy


About the Author: Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children s writer, biographer and memoirist During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet 1983 which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award The Golden Gate A Novel in Verse 1986 was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California A Suitable Boy 1993 , an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize His poetry includes The Humble Administrator s Garden 1985 and All You Who Sleep Tonight 1990 His Beastly Tales from Here and There 1992 is children s book consisting of ten stories in verse about animals.In 2005, he published Two Lives, a family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great uncle Shanti Behari Seth and German Jewish great aunt Henny Caro who met in Berlin in the early 1930s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school As with From Heaven Lake, Two Lives contains much autobiography.An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un or thinly disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.



10 thoughts on “A Suitable Boy

  1. says:

    After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a tide of sickliness which didn t ever let up All these characters are so unbearably cute, even the less nice ones If post independent India was crossed with Bambi, it would be Vikram Seth s endless gurg


  2. says:

    This is a magnificent saga, which left me breathless and awaiting the next word, set in India at the beginning of the fifties Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth s epic love story set in India Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century The story unfolds through four middl


  3. says:

    I know some GR ers didn t really cotton on to the style of this book And maybe it was because I read this while on vacation in India itself, but wow Just W.O.W It s a fucking long book 1,500 pages And every single page was worth the time I spent on it andIf Midnight s Children is India s One Hundred Years of Solitude, then A Suitable Boy must be its War a


  4. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Spoiler alert I finally finished reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth For some reason, I used to avoid picking it up and kept putting it off I suppose it was mainly the size it s one thick book approximately 1500 pages but I also think it had to do with this misconception I had


  5. says:

    I don t even know where to begin gushing about this one, so panoramic is its scope and so delightful its literary charms Vikram Seth s 800,000 word magnum opus is lengthier than War and Peace andcompulsively readable than a well paced soap opera It is an event in one s life I call it a soap opera, because fundamentally, the plot is a family drama, revolving aro


  6. says:

    I finished Vikram Seth s tome A Suitable Boy this Sunday morning while enjoying my coffee and a white chocolate, coconut Christmas cookie that my daughter had baked just last night All right, all right, I confess it was actually two white chocolate, coconut Christmas cookies But who can blame me really They were so good Not too sweet, she had gone ahead and reduce


  7. says:

    A Suitable Boy describes a year in the life of the fledgling Indian democracy, indirectly told through the experiences of four connected families and a litany of supporting characters, who, due to the diversity of their occupations and social positions, are able to explore various facets political, legal, social, cultural, religious, artistic of the India of this pe


  8. says:

    Vikram Seth s A Suitable Boy is one of the best books I ve ever read in my entire life It s a long book But it is very engaging I managed to read it in one stretch, with a break to sleep, while I awaited the movers to take me and my belongings across the country To my chagrin I had completed it before my flight, and when it finished I didn t want the book to be over, I


  9. says:

    I was never entirely sure who belonged to what family in this book, but it never really bothered me I mean, after we switched back to a different group of characters, I was able to reconstruct who they were related to fairly easily, but I never could hold the genealogies in my mind.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and e


  10. says:

    By the time I got to the end, I wanted to throw this book across the room, but by then I was exhausted The book was too heavy to lift and heave properly, so I slapped the paperback covers with as much derision as I could manage.This is the longest book I ve ever read It s the world s 17th longest novel Longer than Infinite Jest Longer than War and Peace.You d think they d giv


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