A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy

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"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." --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy tells the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love, ambition, humor, sadness, prejudice, reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette, and the most appalling violence.

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata's--and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra's--attempts to find a suitable boy for Lata, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. Set in the early 1950s in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, this compelling story takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1474 pages
  • 138 x 202 x 62mm | 1,066g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0060786523
  • 9780060786526
  • 84,799

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"[Seth is] passionately concerned to offer his Western readers as thick--and as multilayered--a slice of Indian life in the 1950s as this huge novel can hold . . . Lavishly detailed . . . lovingly recounted."--New York Times Book Review
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42,770 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 43% (18,308)
4 34% (14,753)
3 16% (7,043)
2 4% (1,864)
1 2% (802)

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'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.show more
by Roukaya Haider
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