A Suitable Boy
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 exten...more
So I stopped reading and drove several three inch nails into my head, and I've been all right since then.
If Midnight’s Children is India’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, then A Suitable Boy must be its War and Peace. It’s got the same melding of personal lives seen in amidst great national events. Instead of the romance of Natasha and Pi...more
Vikki, baby... Listen to me what I say: Put down that manuscript... you know, the sequel, that "Girl" story... and run, do not walk, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go directly to Bollywood and write the effing screenplay to this book. This would make such a good mini series, and I mean you've had almost 20 years and everything. What are you waiting for!?!
Think of the possibilities!
The beautiful women.
The handsome men.
The fabulous stories.
The lush costumes.
When I borrowed this book from the library I found it surprisingly huge and scary, everyone who saw me carrying it was equally astounded. I started having my doubts that what if the book becomes a lousy read and I end up wasting my time or leave it half read.. but the book from Page 1 had a smooth pace & never for once lost my interest. SO when Vikram Seth says in his opening lines..
'Buy me before good sense insists,
Which is a way of saying that this is another large sprawling family book, and that's a genre I tend to love, if they're done well. And this one was.
And more than just a sprawling family tale set in India, it's about...more
This was one of those books where when I finished the book I was completely invested in each of the character's life. The story is set in post-independence India and explores a number of social/political issues of the time (i.e. land reform, muslim-hindu rela...more
It is heavy...as in 4 1/2 pounds heavy...and not available in an e-book version.
I built up my forearm muscles and strained my wrists reading all 1,350 pages of this 4 1/2 pound monstrosity.
As to the contents of the book...did I mention it is TOO long. It was interesting, yes, but too detailed for its own good. The novel covers a year in the life of four familes in India in the 1950's. The story of Lata an...more
I don't know what exactly is the reason for loving it so. Maybe its because my life situations are similar to the protagonist Lata in the book. Or because of the tender yet moving way in which the book is written. Or the proper timing of humour in the book, or the interesting plot. Maybe its all of that together.
The book begins with Lata at her sister Savita's wedding, where we come to know of La...more
Because of my studies I was not able to read it within a short time (this is really possible, I am sure). This wonderful novel, the many interesting and authentic characters accompanied me through months. When I finally finished the book, I really started missing the persons.
Seth's novel is unique written. I became curious about it, and finally bought it, because wonderful author Sharon Maas (Of Marriageable Age) told at her h...more
Worse, just as I would reach a point of failure the storyline would again recharge and delve excitingly into another tangent. Then again taper off with no resolution.
Save yourself the anguish. Summary:
1. Lata is being pushed into marriage by her widow mother.
1a. Lata considers relationships with three men, choosing the most practical of the three to wed
Penguin UK bought world English language rights (excluding US) to A Suitable Girl, and set a deadline of June 2013 in the hope of publishing in the autumn to coincide with the 20th anniversary of A Suitable Boy's original publication. The publishing package on which the advance was staked included the new novel and a reissue of the paperback edition of A Suitable Boy, for which Penguin acquired rights from original publisher Orion.
However Seth's muse is not dancing to the publisher's marketing b...more
|You'll love this ...: A Suitable Boy - Week One Discussion||23||35||Nov 07, 2013 08:10AM|
|You'll love this ...: A Suitable Boy||122||141||Oct 16, 2013 04:23AM|
|Pick-a-Shelf: Read Along: A Suitable Boy||67||65||Aug 18, 2013 06:11AM|
|Chicks On Lit: Suitable Boy - summer chunky- with reading schedule||305||168||Jul 10, 2013 10:50AM|
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...more