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    DescriptionA chance sighting on a bus; a letter which should never have been read; a pianist with a secret that touches the heart of her music ...AN EQUALl MUSIC is a book about love, about the love of a woman lost and found and lost again; it is a book about music and how the love of music can run like a passionate fugue through a life. It is the story of Michael, of Julia, and of the love that binds them. 'A novel that can stand being reread and reread, but the first time round is an emotional cliffhanger ...secure a copy for yourself, settle down, and prepare for the unforgettable' Sunday Times


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    Title
    An Equal Music
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Vikram Seth
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 515 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753807736
    ISBN 10: 0753807734
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 823
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGL3010, ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PR9499.3.S38
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    07 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Vikram Seth was born in 1952. He trained as an economist and has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of A Suitable Boy, which was an international number one bestseller, An Equal Music and several other novels. He has also written five volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales.
    Review quote
    "Vikram Seth's accomplishment in bringing not only these characters so fully to life, but the rich ambience of the music as well--so difficult to render in words--is something of a miracle."--Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha Praise for A Suitable Boy: "Surrender to this strange, beguiling world and be swept away on the wings of story. . . . It is difficult to imagine that many contemporary writers could give us a novel that provides so much deep satisfaction."--Washington Post Book World
    Review text
    'Under the arrow of Eros I sit down and weep.' If this sentence hovers close to parody or pastiche, it is also poetic and plangent, with just a hint of self-mockery, and it perfectly distils the variegated tone of Seth's novel. An Equal Music is a love story in which the object of desire is as much the art of music as it is the elusive Julia. Michael, who tells the story in the present tense, plays the violin in a string quartet. The life of this group, its rehearsals, dependencies and tensions, is the quietly flowing current which provides some sense of fragile continuity to what might otherwise be too evanescent a novel. For this is a book about the impermanence of relationships and the nostalgia which governs so large a part of our existences. Readers expecting to return to the India of A Suitable Boy will be confounded - this is set mainly in central London, with Lancashire, Vienna and Venice also impinging upon the action. Seth's mastery of dialogue and his gentle nuanced descriptive art are, however, as subtle here as in anything he has written. This is a loving novel in which Terpsichore is the prevailing muse, not Eros. Review by ALASTAIR NIVEN, Director of the British Council (Kirkus UK)