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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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bookshelves: really-big-timeconsumers, novels, india
Recommended for: anyone with an insatiable interest in every possible detail about every possible person

After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a tide of sickliness which didn't ever let up. All these characters are so unbearably cute, even the less-nice ones. If post-independent India was crossed with Bambi, it would be Vikram Seth's endless gurgling prose.
So I stopped reading and drove several three inch nails into my head, and I've been all right since then.
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message 1: by Manny (new) - added it

Manny You made me laugh :)


message 2: by C. (new) - rated it 5 stars

C. You made me laugh too, even though I don't agree.


message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Paul says I don't have to read it!!!


What a relief.


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark Whew. One less guilty feeling about this tome sitting on one of my shelves. And the nails probably prevent that annoying tendency of parts of our skull just dropping off in the parking lot ...


Killthepopular It's not that bad. Perhaps not quite worth 1500 pages worth of time investment though.


message 6: by Donna (new)

Donna Now I don't feel like a dumbass for giving up 100 pages in. I was fascinated though, by that drink they kept drinking at parties. Something planty and full of cannabinoids I think. I think it was this book. Even the parties were boring.


message 7: by ... (last edited Aug 04, 2011 08:40AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

... Hahaha. Even though I completely disagree with this review, I found this description funny. It's a pity though that you gave up so soon on it. It's much more than cutesy characters. The fun starts when the crazy ones start pouring in - from perverted uncles to morbid Arabic teachers.


Paul Bryant Thank you Navdeep - but i think I will stick with Rohinton Mistry..!


message 9: by Erin (new) - added it

Erin  Dove Had a good laugh about your recommendation. :)


message 10: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant It worked for me, but may not for you!


message 11: by Jamie (new)

Jamie never even heard of this, but quite possibly my fave review evah.


message 12: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant aw, I got a few better ones... but thanks!


message 13: by Sterna (new)

Sterna Somehow the spirit of the book was for me stuck in the 1990's, and not just after the second world war, lacked the atmosphere of the time.


message 14: by Swantje (new)

Swantje After reading your review, Paul, I was wondering where the second star came from.


message 15: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant I salute the author's ambition and he is not without skill.


message 16: by Swantje (new)

Swantje That clears it up, thanks!


message 17: by Gopinath (new)

Gopinath Kochattil Great read for anyone who has nothing else to do for one whole year.


Margitte lolol. I marked it as TBR but only then looked at the number of pages: 1474 !!! Good heavens! I don't think I will make it so will reconsider.


message 19: by Sevgi (new)

Sevgi How many times have you eaten Turkish delight?


message 20: by Paul (last edited Mar 02, 2014 05:44AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant too many times... last time was last night in this restaurant




Margitte Must let you know, I did the unthinkable and read the book - from the first to the last word! Now, I need a pat on the back please. I think, no, correction, I KNOW I can climb the Himalayas next :-))


message 22: by Paul (last edited Mar 03, 2014 12:39AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant so you liked it! very good - now onwards to In Search of Lost Time


Margitte Paul wrote: "so you liked it! very good - now onwards to In Search of Lost Time"

Hehehehehe, I need a break! BE NICE!!!! :-)


Cynthia Alice By Derek York?


message 25: by Karleen (new)

Karleen Haha I also had this on the "to read" list but think i shall remove given the number of pages and multiple reviewes suggesting monotony. Paul I laughed out loud to this review and read it to my partner who did the same. Love the sense of humour some people have on negative reviews, I enjoyed this one I found on Bryce Courtenay's "The Persimmon Tree" tonight: "I haven't done it yet, but will find mild pleasure in burning this book. And I won't feel like a Nazi...."


message 26: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant Thanks Karleen - I have a lot of fun with the books I don't like.


message 27: by Oscar I (new)

Oscar I Cobo Currently reading this on a challenge to finish in 48 hours. On page 465, 5 hours in and I want to use this brick of a book to beat myself with


message 28: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant Wow - your message was posted 12 hours ago, so please bring us up to date!


message 29: by Deborah (new) - added it

Deborah I think he beat himself up.


message 30: by Bob (new) - added it

Bob H An amusing review, and I'll bear it in mind when I look up this book. However, if you haven't read Felix Salten's Bambi, and I mean the original novel, I suggest you do so: you might find it far darker than the sugary Disney version.


message 31: by Paul (new) - rated it 2 stars

Paul Bryant it is often the case.


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