“It may be one of longest novels in english, but you won't stop till you finish it.”dangling wrote this review Sunday, July 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful, sprawling portrait of Indian life. A favourite.”capira wrote this review Sunday, July 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love this book. I've read it three times in the past 12 years, I believe. It is such a powerful portrait of Indian culture and a glimpse into the myriad cracks and divides in Indian society.
The two main plotlines revolve around a young woman from a Hindu family who is in love with a Muslim man, and a man from a Hindu family who is in love with a Muslim courtesan. The "suitable boy" of the title is the man that the young woman's family is trying to find for her to marry, so she will not ruin her life and disgrace her family by marrying her Muslim boyfriend.
The book is very long and touches on a lot of tiny facets of Indian culture that most Americans would not encounter... from the veggie cutlets that the girl's mother eats because she's a vegetarian, to the low status of leatherworkers, to the type of songs that the courtsan sings. Really fascinating and moving.”
“A beautiful depiction of post independence India. The description is detailed and gives beautiful insights into the mind set of the common man in post independent India. The book gives a small window to view the causes that have led to the current modern day Indian society and in particular Indian politics.”avinashsridharan wrote this review Friday, March 9, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No