A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy

Book rating: 05 Paperback Modern Classics

By (author) Vikram Seth


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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 1474 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 60mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 4 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060786523
  • ISBN 13: 9780060786526
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 75,219

Product description

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

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Customer reviews

By Roukaya Haider 02 Sep 2010 5

'A suitable boy' is one of the longest novels ever written, and it's one of the most enjoyable reads I've came across. It still amazes me how much effort Vikram Seth must have put into this book. There's a number of great intertwineing stories and there different forms of literature such as poetry and letter writing that is all well mastered. Also the book shows that the author has a deep understanding of the place and era the book is set in. Its an interesting read, don't pass it up.