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The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth
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Apr 19, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2007

I did not find real depth of thought or anything shocking in its content. Rewrite it in prose and it will be a fairly honest memoir of the 80's in Frisco (which is a fairly wild guess for me, who has never sailed to that part of the globe). But the style of the composition is so amusing, and the verses are so well-written in their exotic Onegin-metrics (sounding so familiar to the Russian ear), that it becomes a gem of easy reading. I read it aloud to my wife.

Probably there is a certain kind of symbolism in this choice of metre. Something like "Russians love their children too" - a song of the same era and in the same vein, if I am not mistaken.

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