A Suitable Boy (Paperback)Vikram Seth (author)
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Seth’s magnum opus seamlessly blends the intensely intimate with the audaciously panoramic as the quest to find Lata a ‘suitable’ husband collides with a widescreen retelling of a nascent Indian state in the first faltering years of independence. A Suitable Boy stands as an example of the seemingly impossible: an extremely long book without a single wasted sentence.
A modern classic, this epic tale of families, romance and political intrigue never loses its power to delight and enchant readers.
Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata - and her mother's - attempts to find her a suitable husband, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. At the same time, it is the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis as a sixth of the world's population faces its first great general election and the chance to map its own destiny.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 1504
Weight: 900 g
Dimensions: 198 x 134 x 62 mm
'The best writer of his generation' - The Times
'This novel, so vast and so amiably peopled, is a long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life... His novel deserves thousands of long marriages and suitable readers' - The Guardian
'No one, surely, could wish this novel shorter... the greatness of the novel, its unassailable truthfulness, owes less to research than to imagination, an instinctive knowledge of the human heart' - The Observer
'Not merely one of the longest novels in English; it may also prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of [the twentieth] century' - The TImes
'A quietly monumental novel... [Seth] has given that unlikeliest of hybrids, a modest tour de force' - TLS
'Conceived on a grand scale of the great 19th century novels - War and Peace, Middlemarch - A Suitable Boy grows to match them in breadth and depth... [A] massive and magnificent book. - The Sunday Times
'A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel of 19th century storytelling in the language of today... It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man. He writes with the omniscience and authority of a large, orderly committee of experts on Indian politics, law, medicine, crowd psychology, urban and rural social customs, dress, cuisine, horticulture, funerary rites, cricket and even the technicalities of shoe manufacture' - The Evening Standard
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