A Suitable Boy: A Novel

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

Angus and Robertson Top 100 (2006 - 2008) Book #90. 1474! That is how many pages are in this book that I had to struggle through. It is by far one of the most challenging books that I have ever read ... Read full review

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Usually, when I finish reading a book late in the night, I sleep on it and write my "review" in the morning with my cup of coffee in hand. This book made me bring my forgotten laptop and charge it in ... 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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