A Suitable Boy: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 4, 2005 - Fiction - 1488 pages
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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 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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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth is an amazing book. The author has a developed his story on a huge, colourful canvas using the country of India shortly after independence to tell his story. Using an all ... Read full review

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User Review  - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing

I really liked this book, but man, did I feel like I'd finished a marathon when I turned the last page last night. But such an enjoyable read. It reminded me a bit of an Indian Middlemarch. I've heard that Seth is working on a sequel (A Suitable Girl) and I would pick that up in a heartbeat. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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