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The Rivered Earth contains four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer.

Entitled 'Songs in Time of War', 'Shared Ground', 'The Traveller' and 'Seven Elements', they take us all over the world - from Chinese and Indian poetry to the beauty and quietness of the Salisbury
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Hardcover, 104 pages
Published June 25th 2015 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published November 1st 2011)
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Sonia
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends, those who love poetry, those who love opera and libretti
Shelves: poetry
One of my favourite poets' of all times,
The one who started with The Golden Gate,
Yes, the master of words, the king of rhymes,
Is none other than Vikram Seth.

And last Friday, I spent nearly the whole day with him. In the picturesque tiny hill station of Panchgani. Oh! what a time I had. Pure pleasure. Unadulterated! And no, Vikram Seth didn't know about it :)

I do not usually claim to be a fan (electric or otherwise!) of anyone. However, this author and poet has a permanent place in my heart and m
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Emily
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm forever buying or picking up little obscure books of poetry at the library. Sometimes they're duds, but sometimes you find one that is really wonderful. This one was particularly interesting. These poems were written as libretti for a series of concerts. Vikram Seth gave an overview of the project at the beginning of the book, then gave an introduction for each of the four sets of poetry.
This was the first time I'd read anything by Vikram Seth and I really enjoyed it. I'll be looking for mo
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Yumna Hari
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful behind the scenes book of libretti that was composed and set to music as a four-year festival commission by Vikram Seth and Alec Roth with the violinist Philippe Honore. While Seth's own poems are wonderfully delightful as always, I also loved the snippets in translation from Chinese and other languages. It's a slim afternoon delight even without the music. ...more
Jennifer
Oct 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent this book to read and review

honestly I found this book really hard going. The book is a set of poems which are preceded by an introduction which tells how the poetry came about. The poems are set to music by Alec Roth although you can't actually hear it through reading the book and this is what also adds to the difficulty in following this book of prose.

In my opinion if you love poetry and even opera then this may be a book worth trying but I would seriously consider trying to borrow
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Kritika Swarup
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KS. What brought the idea of writing 'The Rivered Earth' with a complete backdrop?

VS. The project was called 'Confluence'. The name sounded technical. I sought a more vivid description of the entire 4 year project to deliver the experience as a whole.

KS. You hit the nail on it's head!(pun intended)

The visit to Delhi Book Fair brought
the days of passion back.
Amazed as I sought
rack by rack,
prose
and verses,
every piece had got
that smell from the sack.
Here's life's another meaningful bout.
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Pradhuman Bhati
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved reading it.
Anjali Gopalakrishnan
Shorten introduction/interview, include performance CD.
Prctaxman
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arunachalam Bharathi
Not as good as I expected
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Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice read..
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Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.

During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won
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