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The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth
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Jan 26, 12

Read from January 02 to 19, 2012

A story of friendship and love written as a series of well-rhyming sonnets, this novel by Seth offers a unique and rewarding experience, one that you'd remember for the rest of your life. Though the book looks intimidating at the outset, things become well and easy after the first couple of sonnets. In fact, by the middle of it, not only was I reading the book in a sing-song rhyme, but also everything else I was reading, including my chats!

Would have given this a three for the story and the narrative but have given it a four for its form. Much respect for Seth for imagining something like this and then undertaking the job knowing that many readers are going to skip it because of the way it is written,

My favorite passage:

"Or after earnest hours of earning
(Surveys to check, reports to file),
How wonderful it is returning
To the retreat of a friend's smile
And a shared meal; to know, if only
For this one night, one won't be lonely;
That the obtrusion of the day
--Its grit and strain--will wear away."

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