A Suitable Boy: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 4, 2005 - Fiction - 1488 pages
33 Reviews

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 1950s, 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.

  

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Review: A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy #1)

User Review  - Lynne King - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Review: A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy #1)

User Review  - Margitte - Goodreads

The book blurb says it all. I will only add my comments. While reading this monumental novel of 1535 pages, I was wondering how much of the original offering was edited out to end up with this number ... Read full review

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Vikram Seth has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic fiction, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999. He lives in England and India.

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