An Equal Music

An Equal Music

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A powerful love story from the author of the international bestseller A SUITABLE BOY A 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 EQUAL 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 a copy for yourself, settle down, and prepare for the unforgettable' Sunday Timesshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 32mm | 515g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Impr.
  • 0753807734
  • 9780753807736
  • 72,237

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 Worldshow more

About Vikram Seth

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 seven volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales and Summer more

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)show more

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