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A Suitable Boy is a book that explores the depth of the human heart through one mother’s search for a suitable partner for her daughter.
A Suitable Boy is a story set in a newly-independent India, against the backdrop of a colorful and multi-ethnic society. It spans a duration of eighteen months or so, and follows the intertwined lives of four huge families.
The protagonist is Lata, a 19-year-old college girl. Her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, is on a mission to find the right groom for her. Mrs. Mehra’s choice of a suitable partner for Lata collides with Lata’s own vision of her ideal match.
As it turns out, there are three main suitors in the running - Amit, Haresh, and Kabir. Mrs. Mehra and her son Arun, both characterized by their strong personalities, try their best to influence Lata’s choice of suitor, but Lata is just as determined to have her own way.
While the novel is fundamentally a love story, it brings together several other compelling stories about a multitude of characters. The book is divided into 19 parts. Each part reveals the plot from a different perspective, while firmly holding on to the threads of the primary storyline.
Opening with a setting at Brahmapur, the capital of a fictional province named Purva Pradesh, the story takes the readers through various Indian cities including Kanpur, Delhi, and Lucknow. It weaves a rich tapestry of themes and characters, exploring issues like land reforms, the Indian caste-system, Hindu-Muslim strife, and complex family relationships. Above all, it delves into the vast range of human emotions, from happiness to sadness, and from love to hatred.
A Suitable Boy was first published in 1993. It garnered high critical acclaim for its remarkable exploration of a diverse range of subjects and its intuitive grasp on the nature of the human heart. The book went on to win the WH Smith Literary Award (1994) and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book (1994). This particular edition of the book is a 2000 reprint.
|Number of Pages||1368 Pages|
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I first read this book when I was in class 8, then in class 12, then in college and now when I am 24.
It meant different things to me at all ages.
A great book which if you have the patience to read, will show you what an Indian family is like .
Set in the times of post-partition India, it takes you through the life of Lata and how everything comes together to find a suitable boy for her.
Awaiting eagerly for Vikram Seth's A Suitable Girl.
Let not the size of the book let you down. The book is perhaps not supposed to be read over a fortnight. I just like many of the other readers read it over a expended period of 3 months - few pages at a time. It was always a joy to keep coming back to the book whenever I found time.
One would just wonder at the research put in by the author - one of the finest in English literature today. To weave such a rich story requires a in-depth study of diverse fields such as politics, fine arts and literature. And in no place has detail been spared. As has been said in some reviews, it is difficult to believe the author is one person - Vikram Seth. The author makes the scene pop right out of the book.
The characters are so masterly woven that they remain fresh in one's mind even after you finish the book. I would not give any spoiler alerts but would like to add that the last 100-150 pages just bring up the excellent climax to this tome.
One of the best fiction I have read.
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A masterpiece. Set in post-independence, post-partition India, the novel vividly follows the story of four intertwined families over a period of 18 months as a mother searches for a suitable boy to marry her daughter. It takes us into the richly imagined world of large extended multi cultured families and weaves an accurate and compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. What joys of excellent storytelling....
The story is so engrossing, each character so completely developed and believable, that is it hard to move on once you turn the last page. I secretly wished that the novel never ends.
The characters were so real, that you miss them as if they were a part of your life. An absolute masterpiece of prose.
Basically a story of a mother searching a suitable boy to marry her daughter.
Spun to this main story are a lot of social scenarios. The pathos of muslim women and the conserved life in the muslim society.
Then there is a whole act about the Zamindari Abolition Law. Don't be scared-it's not a lesson in law as it sounds!
Ghazals make rounds as life takes ups and downs with the characters.
By the time it's ending you would agree like me with the Observer's review about it:
"As with all the great books one feels only dismay as the pages on the right of the tome start thinning out"
This book was one of the best books I have read. I am a slow reader taking all the time to savour the moments in the story and this book gave me many. I lived the characters for more than 4 months. A good book makes you laugh and cry along with it and this is just that. I felt like an invisible extra character in the lives of the character. If only one is very patient they can have 1500 pages of bliss. Thoroughly enjoyed patiently and now impatiently waiting for the Suitable girl.
This book might seem a little intimidating considering the 600 + pages, but the jewels inside, the master storytelling and the...Read More
A masterpiece. Set in post-independence, post-partition India, the novel vividly follows the story of four intertwined families...Read More
The paper quality was very bad. The fat book is made up of flimsy pages. Takes away the delight of reading through it. You feel...Read More
Let not the size of the book let you down. The book is perhaps not supposed to be read over a fortnight. I just like many of th...Read More