A Suitable Boy: A Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eadieburke - LibraryThing
Even though this book was a monster read (1349 pages), I enjoyed it very much. I learned interesting history and religious customs of 1950's India. It took me a month to read it in between many other ... Read full review