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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Jul 01, 08


I have an in-built horror of books that stray on longer than 300 pages. Anything longer and I always find the story sagging somewhere towards the middle and losing me by the end. Except with A Suitable Boy. It's over 1000 (tightly written) pages and I only wish it could have gone on and on. This sprawling saga takes you all over India in the 50s, into the lives of a dozen or so interconnected characters. And yet Seth masterfully manages to keep each story bubbling on the stove with delicious results!
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Molly Oh Q! I miss you.

I remember the Spring I compulsivly carried around this doorstop until my arm ached, burning through its ricepaper pages with wierd fervor. After it was finished there was a gaping hole where these characters' lives had been. I'm addicted to epic novels, which, as you say, are frequently disappointing. But Seth delivers.

It goes without saying that the next time I visit we are going to sit in your comfy living room with the fireplace cranked and read for a long, long time.


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