The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

By (author) Vikram Seth


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The Golden Gate is a brilliantly achieved novel written in verse. Set in the 1980s in the affluence and sunshine of California's Silicon Valley, it is an exuberant and witty story of twenty-somethings looking for love, pleasure and the meaning of life. It was awarded the 1986 British Airways Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 133 x 198 x 21mm | 390g
  • 04 Feb 2002
  • London
  • English
  • 0571212654
  • 9780571212651
  • 175,791

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Vikram Seth was trained as an economist. He has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet, several books of poems, two novels (not in verse), A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music, and a memoir, Two Lives.

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"At once a bittersweet love story, a wickedly funny novel of manners and an unsentimental meditation on mortality and the nuclear abyss. Always witty--and still profound--the book paints a truthful picture of our dreadful, comic times."--"Vanity Fair""A splendid achievement, equally convincing in its exhilaration and its sadness."--"The New York Times""The great California novel has been written in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy."--Gore Vidal

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