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A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Perennial Classics) (original: 1993; edição: 2005)

de Vikram Seth

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A special limited edition of nine classic novels produced to coincide with Weidenfeld & Nicolson's 60th anniversary. Designed by the award-winning advertising agency Fallon with special endpapers commissioned from ground-breaking artists. The endpapers for this title have been designed by Yehrin Tong. 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. Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families and those who orbit them, it is also a vast panoramic exploration of a whole continent at a crucial hour as a sixth of the world's population faces its first great General Election and the chance to map its own destiny. 'A SUITABLE BOY may prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of this century - perhaps even the book to restore the serious reading public's faith in the contemporary novel ... You should make time for it. It will keep you company for the rest of your life' Daniel Johnson, The Times… (mais)
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Título:A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Perennial Classics)
Autores:Vikram Seth
Informação:Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2005), Paperback, 1488 pages
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A Suitable Boy de Vikram Seth (1993)

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What a joy this book was to read. It's a miniseries whereas most novels are just movies-- over and done with before you can really get into them. The huge cast of characters, all strangers to me in the beginning, were like close friends by the end. I will miss them. That said the plot is not sweeping in scope and scale as the novel covers only 1 year in the lives of the families who weave together due to love, marriages, politics, and industry. Interestingly, the story seemed very contemporary to me though it takes place in the 1950s. A wonderful lesson in the history and culture of India (both the good and the bad.)

It's long. Very long. But not hard to read if you can read often enough to not forget who is who. It's a worthwhile endeavor. ( )
1 vote technodiabla | Apr 4, 2021 |
"Think of many things. Never place your happiness in one person's power. Be just to yourself."

Firstly I should point that at nearly 1500 pages this is certainly one of the longest if not the longest book that I've ever read.

Taking place roughly over a period of a year in the early 1950's, most of the action takes place in the fictional town of Brahmpur. At the core of it is Mrs Rupa Mehra's attempts to find 'A Suitable Boy' for her daughter Lata to marry and finishes and ends with a wedding. However, this is more than a simple love story. Rather it features four 'modern' families (the Mehras, Chatterjis, Kapoors and Khans) as they all try and find their place in post-colonial and post-partition India and the everyday human emotions of love, jealousy, hope,despair found in every family worldwide. This is a celebration of life.

Although Rupa's attempts to find a husband for Lata is obviously a recurring theme, the novel is also a familial and political drama that explores Hindu and Muslim tensions in the world's largest democracy. The story is at times funny at others sad and, as it should, features many Indian words (some of which I admittedly had to look up) which adds local colour.

I recently finished Paul Scott's Raj quartet which historically finish shortly before this book begins and as this book was written by an Indian rather than a British author it acts as an interesting addendum as well as counterpoint to that particular series of books. Ultimately, I cannot help thinking that this would have been better served if it had been split in some way, perhaps a trilogy with each book featuring one particular family with the fourth acting as the link. There is a myriad of characters, many of them fascinating in their own right, but on more than one occasion I lost track of just who was related to whom and had to look at the family trees at the front of the novel to remind myself.

This book has similarities with some of the great Russian novels in its breadth and scope IMHO and given that I have a soft spot for historically based fiction, in particular social history, I rather enjoyed it but am equally glad that it has now been removed from my 'to be read' bookshelf. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jan 7, 2021 |
I made it halfway and still couldn't get excited about picking it up. I decided life is too short to force myself to get through a book I wasn't enjoying.

I had trouble getting vested into the characters. Maybe it's because there were a lot of them. Maybe it's because they weren't brought into the story well enough...I'm not sure. In any case, I'm moving on to more fun reads.

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  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
Finally finished this! This book could have been shorter by half, I don't know why the author wants to write such a behemoth with so many sub-plots and characters. It became quite hard to remember who's who, especially the minor characters. The story also didn't absorb me as I thought it would, probably because of the plot's meandering. Nevertheless, having been on it for almost half a year, I think I will miss reading it, and many of the memorable characters. Arun must be the most detestable character in the book; the scene where he had to admit he had never been to England before despite waxing so lyrically about it is one of my favourite scenes. He doesn't seem to have any redeeming features, unlike some of the other more frivolous and unlikeable characters. Meenakshi knows when to be helpful, she volunteered to take charge of Uma when the others had to hurriedly pack for Brampur upon finding of Maan's arrest from the papers; Bibbo knows when to take charge, asking Maan to leave the crime scene quickly and pretend he had never been there; even Aggarwal showed some humanity by planning for Maan to pass by his mother's cremation while on the move to another prison. The kindness shown by the Nawab Shabib to Maan, and the reconciliation between the Nawab Shabib and Mahesh Kapoor are some of my other personal highlights of this book. ( )
  siok | May 31, 2020 |
It's certainly a long journey to travel with the various characters. I must admit I found myself more engrossed in the sections of the book dealing with the way personal and political life was shaped by events of early post-Independence India (the backdrop) than the personal story of the Mehras, Kapoors, Chatterjis. Tandons and eventually Khannas (the main plot). Even if I on a couple of occasions did put the book down, letting it rest for a few days (weeks) and then become re-engaged, I finally found myself 50 pages from the end cringing at the prospects presented to Lata. I guess after a "year" and 1500 pages you can't help but feel a certain affinity to all the people and places (Brahmpur sounds a bit of a drag, but certainly it would have been somewhat exciting to be in Chatterji Kolkata) in the book. ( )
  linuskendall | Mar 22, 2020 |
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A special limited edition of nine classic novels produced to coincide with Weidenfeld & Nicolson's 60th anniversary. Designed by the award-winning advertising agency Fallon with special endpapers commissioned from ground-breaking artists. The endpapers for this title have been designed by Yehrin Tong. 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. Set in post-Independence India and involving the lives of four large families and those who orbit them, it is also a vast panoramic exploration of a whole continent at a crucial hour as a sixth of the world's population faces its first great General Election and the chance to map its own destiny. 'A SUITABLE BOY may prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of this century - perhaps even the book to restore the serious reading public's faith in the contemporary novel ... You should make time for it. It will keep you company for the rest of your life' Daniel Johnson, The Times

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