A Suitable Boy: A Novel

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

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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Epic in scope and ranging from epic to intimate in detail, this covers about 18 months in 1951 & 1952, during which India is adjusting to independence. The great attraction for me is in the characters ... Read full review

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India has always held a certain fascination for me. Its teeming, overpopulated cities, the sacred cows, its caste system with its untouchables, and more. I have read parts of Paul Scott's THE RAJ ... 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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