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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Jan 17, 2012

it was amazing
Read on January 01, 2006 — I own a copy , read count: 1

A Suitable Boy reminded me, in many ways, of Anna Karenina. Again you have as a central figure a woman under pressure to conform to restraining social convention (in this case, the custom of arranged marriage). Again, you have a writer who uses his heroine’s predicament as a lens through which to examine the choices of other individuals connected to her through a network of family and their associated social circles. “A Suitable Boy” is also as rich with details about 1950s India as Anna Karenina is with details about 19th century Russia, its path winding freely into contemporary politics and religious ceremonies, through both urban and rural settings.

But where Anna Karenina’s story ends tragically, Lata Mehra’s does not.

This is a very long book (1400 pages) but the subject matter warrants it. Highly recommended.
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