“A vivid portrait of upper class India.”alenka9 wrote this review Monday, June 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A big book but I loved it to bits, you really live with the characters and feel for them despite the fact that it takes place in a country you don't belong to.”amoomi wrote this review Wednesday, February 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ljiljana M said: 5 stars
Reading this book is like swimming or diving in the sea. First slowly waded into the water, meet up with the neighbors, go deeper, the water is all around you and then plunge into a completely different, amazing world called India. Once you think all this world of colors, smells, sounds and overall feelings of love and hatred, shall be convened with numerous characters and their pains, joys, with spring and fall of a sudden you get to the last page and wonder what happened next ...
moik said: 5 stars
This is a tremendous novel, a masterpiece and I'd recommend it to anybody who likes grand classics like *Vanity Fair* or *Anna Karenina.* It is on the level of Tolstoy or Mann, or at least Victor Hugo. Good stuff. Why isn't this book widely read (or maybe it is - how would I know?)”
“One of my all-time favourites!”Upasana wrote this review Sunday, January 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jane Austen meets India of the '50's, complete with politics, mother-in-laws and cricket.”Lynn Glendinning wrote this review Wednesday, January 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm 'cheatin', actually.....I am reading a summary of this humongous novel as an ebook, because I no longer have suitable eyes to read the small type font of too large a paperback of this book because the book, itself, is not available as an ebook.
This is undoubtedly something I would have loved to have read because of the minutia of so many things, India, that are as relevant, now as they were the issue of the day when the books stories took place.
One other thought - not 'disparaging' but an interesting premise ( or question )....has anyone ever thought of doing this saga as a soap opera? You've got the story line for years of daily soaps!!”
“It's a really large book, so I thought I'd like it. And it's about India, so I thought I'd like it. But so far, I'm not really impressed with it. It is not in the same class as other really thick books I've enjoyed like Middlemarch , a Fine Balance, and Infinitie Jest.”Cathy B wrote this review Monday, July 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have never been so disappointed by the ending of a book, and really only one aspect of the books ending, in my whole life. It might have something to do with the books ungodly length, but i'll always contribute it to who Lata picked as her most Suitable Boy. Wonderful novel right up until the last seventy pages or so.”Andrew H wrote this review Tuesday, May 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a novel of India set in the early 1950s just after the partition, Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy provides a window into the culture and history of India at that juncture in its history through a romance about a young girl, Lata, whose mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, is searching for a "suitable boy" for her to marry. The novel's opening section succeeded in immediately arresting my attention. Some of the most notable aspects of the novel include the subtle ways that the author suggests the continuing cultural influence of England, from the impact of literary awards to the reading habits of several of the characters. Moreover the novel successfully includes all aspects of Indian life and nationality from the caste system to religious differences between Hindus and Muslims to the impact of changes in business and government life on the four families at the center of the novel. Seth's novel is a tour de force that demonstrates his skill in writing, knowledge of India, and his ability to marry the charms of a classical romance novel within the broad reach of a realistic family and nationalistic saga. Without disclosing the plot details I can only assure the reader that it is worth all 1400 plus pages. The thematic development of the clash between Hindu and Muslim cultures is particularly well portrayed with the impact of historical events on the national level mirrored by dramatic events among the main families whose lives fill the plot and subplots of the novel. It is rare that such a long book is both an entertaining read and an intellectually satisfying challenge. Vikram Seth has succeeded in both areas. ”jim henderson wrote this review Sunday, May 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is long and it is on purpose. It makes you taste india page after page. After I finished the book, I watched documentary about the writer Vikram Seth. The book was loosely based on his family and his father (protagonist in the book) resonated well with my own father's story. Kind spirits all are alike. ”Marwan m wrote this review Saturday, April 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No