“I liked this book, but I read it so long ago that I can't write a review. I do remember it is one of several books by Indian authors that I read and liked and felt should be read because they were good reads and told about India and its people.”Frances L wrote this review Tuesday, December 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my desert island book. Immensely long and totally immersing, I had the great fortune to read it on a summer holiday in Greece with plenty of time to get through 1500 pages in under a week. The writing is light, entrancing and draws you in like a high quality soap opera. Uproariously funny throughout, I was so caught up in the whole saga that I began mourning the fact that I would have finished it some 200 pages before the end.”Russell W wrote this review Wednesday, December 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 ...”Ljiljana M wrote this review Friday, November 19, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book is about my city Lucknow, and is as beautiful, mysterious, tedious, detailed, lovable and grounded as it.
This was my first Vikram Seth. ”
“liked a lot”carol c wrote this review Wednesday, November 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Needless to say, this book is really long. It;s about 1350 pages. That isn't standard novel length. However, I would still highly recommend the book. It has many of the markings of a 'generational saga', Indian-style, except that it spans only over about a year and a half during the life of a handful of linked families post-Independence. In any event, Seth's attention to detail is really superb, and one gets to know his characters intimately; they are all charming, and quite inviting, and all in all make your 1350=page stay a pleasant one. The ending (during which the sort-of protagonist solves the title problem by choosing for herself 'a suitable boy' as husband) may be seen as a bit disappointing, a letdown, but, ah, such is life.”Ria A wrote this review Saturday, October 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its great book and i can read a multiple times.”Richi M wrote this review Sunday, October 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very long book.....typical bollywood movie story...didn't realise that i would relish it for this reason....wasn't very happy with the ending though....a little morose although the entire novel....howsoever long it was, even the serious situations had a hint of lightness and optimism....but the ending did disappoint me”Shweta R wrote this review Thursday, September 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Want to know about Northern India, and have a few days free...this book is worth every page”Biogeek wrote this review Friday, September 3, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have no real right to review this book since I did not read it, but I had to give a warning. I requested it through inter-library loan and when I went to pick it up....the sheer size of it overwhelmed me. It is THICK!!!! If my kids are grown and I'm stuck inside the house during a blizzard, then MAYBE I'll tackle this book. FYI.