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A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy #1.1)

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Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata's--and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra's--attempts to find a suitable boy for Lata, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. 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 fa ...more
Paperback, 678 pages
Published October 2nd 1995 by Phoenix (first published May 1993)
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Aug 21, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Rita
There is something about train rides. Maybe it's because I HATE flying, maybe it's the beautiful places outside the window, who knows? There is something about riding trains. During my last train ride, I was seated next to a woman who loved to read, so course we began to trade you should read this lists.

And there is nothing better than that.

This was one of the books she recommended. I saw it at a used bookstore in the three volume edition (which was cheaper than the one volume edition), and con
Nov 17, 2016 Selma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priču počinje sa jednim vjenčanjem. To je velik dan za obitelj Mehra, gospođa Rupa Mehra zadovoljna je svojim izborom supruga za kćer Savitu, osim nje ima i sina Aruna, koji je oženjen sa snahom Minakši, iz obitelji tamošnjeg uglednog suca Ćaterđija, živi u Kalkuti, a s njima živi i neoženjeni sin Varun, dok je najmlađa kćer Lata još uvijek s majkom.
Nakon što je udala Savitu, gospođa Rupa Mehra ozbiljno planira izabrati prikladnog momka i za svoju mlađu kćer, Latu. Međutim, Lata ima i vlastite
Jun 25, 2016 Millicent rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, despite having been warned off it by the proprietor of the used bookstore in Malaysia where I bought it (he gave it to me for free because he said he could not, in good conscience, charge me for such a bad book). The problem is that it doesn't really work as a stand-alone. Most people seem to have read the single volume version, which is long but at least doesn't end as abruptly as this edition. I expected something more like the Elena Ferrante series. Anyway, this is a ligh ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Sian rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a friend who read it as she travelled through India. I stumbled upon a copy at a second hand store and immediately bought it. I read this as one volume and I loved every moment from start to finish. Whenever I find that I can see and taste and feel what the characters are experiencing, I know that I'm reading the work of a very skilled author.

Start to finish, I was captivated by the characters and their interwoven stories. I ended up keeping a notebook near the
Jan 16, 2011 Ros rated it it was amazing
I simply could not put this book down. I could taste, smell and hear India in this mammoth tome. I loved the poetry interspersed in the pages and the extra cleverly written contents pages. This is the best book I have ever read. You will not be wasting your money or your time investing in this treasure chest from Vikram Seth.
Oct 30, 2013 Alayne rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable but I could not help reading it in an Indian accent LOL!
I especially appreciated the family tree at the front of the book as this helped me to identify who everyone was.
Looking forward to Parts II and III
Sep 20, 2007 Heena rated it it was ok
Too long!!! too many pages on politics which i skipped :D Did not like the ending..Could have been better...
Jul 31, 2007 Mridula rated it liked it
took me ages to read this - I read many others in between - but I always wanted to come back to it to finish it.
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Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.

During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won
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