Category Archives: Seth, Vikram

Finishing A Suitable Boy

“I hate long books,” says Amit Chatterji, Lata’s poet-suitor, near the end of A Suitable Boy: “the better the worse. If they’re bad, they merely make me pant with the effort of holding them up for a few minutes. But if they’re good, I turn into a social moron for a few days, refusing to […]

Reading A Suitable Boy

Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy has been in my TBR pile for some time. I started it once before but didn’t make it much past page 300, which isn’t really that far in a 1500-page novel. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it: I just started picking up other things to read instead, because they […]

Summer Re-Run: Vikram Seth, An Equal Music

(originally posted June 5, 2007) 2008 Update: An Equal Music was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2007. I did get the soundtrack, too, and have listened to it many times, though I have yet to reread the novel with it playing on my iPod. I have some other favourite books that also entwine […]

Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy (I)

I’m about 300 pages into A Suitable Boy, and I thought it might be useful (and, frankly, motivating) to commit to blogging my way through it, as I did with He Knew He Was Right last summer. Actually, the two novels have some features in common so far. First, both give a whole new meaning […]

Vikram Seth, An Equal Music

What an extraordinary, intense, poignant book. The central love story is compelling as a romance but would be conventional, perhaps even trite, if it weren’t entangled with another story about a different kind of love–for music. Michael’s desire for Julia, which borders on the obsessive, is itself a musical passion, aroused by and motivated by […]

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