Brahmpur, capitale dell’immaginario stato del Purva Pradesh, nell’India settentrionale; è il 1951. La signora Rupa Mehra ha appena benedetto il matrimonio della figlia Savita e già sta pensando all’altra figlia, Lata, e al «buon partito» che sicuramente troverà anche per lei. Ma Lata ha deciso di opporsi all’usanza dei matrimoni concordati: vuole scegliere da sé l’uomo con cui dividere l’esistenza… Da qui, pagina dopo pagina, il quadro si allarga ad accogliere un’intera genealogia di personaggi, uomini e donne che vivono, lavorano, si scontrano, si amano, intrecciando le loro avventure e i loro sentimenti agli avvenimenti storici e politici del loro Paese sontuosamente magico e drammaticamente povero, saggio e dissennato, antichissimo e bambino.
- ISBN: 8850237049
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 1618
- Data di uscita: 11-09-2014
After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a tide of sickliness which didn't ever let up. All these characters are so unbearably cute, even the less-nice ones. If post-independent India was cross Leggi tutto
This is a magnificent saga, which left me breathless and awaiting the next word, set in India at the beginning of the fifties. "Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth's “epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for Leggi tutto
I know some GR’ers didn’t really cotton on to the style of this book. And maybe it was because I read this while on vacation in India itself, but wow! Just W.O.W! It’s a fucking long book—1,500 pages. And every single page was worth the time I spent on it and more. If Midnight’s Children is India’s Leggi tutto
*Spoiler alert* I finally finished reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. For some reason, I used to avoid picking it up and kept putting it off. I suppose it was mainly the size (it’s one thick book - approximately 1500 pages!) but I also think it had to do with this misconception I had that it woul Leggi tutto
WOW! I didn't want this to end even after reading more than 1400 pages and heartbreakingly it ended but am glad this book made me feel so many emotions. I haven't read something like this in a long time, it was just spellbinding.
I don't even know where to begin gushing about this one, so panoramic is its scope and so delightful its literary charms. Vikram Seth's 800,000 word magnum opus is lengthier than War and Peace and more compulsively readable than a well-paced soap opera. It is an event in one's life. I call it a soap Leggi tutto
I finished Vikram Seth’s tome A Suitable Boy this Sunday morning while enjoying my coffee and a white chocolate, coconut Christmas cookie that my daughter had baked just last night. All right, all right, I confess it was actually two white chocolate, coconut Christmas cookies. But who can blame me r Leggi tutto
A Suitable Boy describes a year in the life of the fledgling Indian democracy, indirectly told through the experiences of four connected families and a litany of supporting characters, who, due to the diversity of their occupations and social positions, are able to explore various facets – political Leggi tutto
Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy is one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life. It's a long book. But it is very engaging; I managed to read it in one stretch, with a break to sleep, while I awaited the movers to take me and my belongings across the country. To my chagrin I had completed it
4.5 stars: A Great Indian Novel in both scale and scope Those familiar with the unique dramatic phenomenon that are Hindi television soaps would see why many tend to bring them up in comparison with A Suitable Boy : both are interminably long and contend, prima facie, with the quintessentially India Leggi tutto
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