A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)

4.1 avg rating
( 37,158 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780060786526: A Suitable Boy: A Novel (Modern Classics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Vikram Seth has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic fiction, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999. He lives in England and India.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Set in newly independent India, Nehru's early 1950's, this adipose saga counterbalances a book of social manners--the marrying off of a well-to-do educated young woman, Lata Mehra--with a historical account (even at the level of transcribed parliamentary debate) of the subcontinent trying to find its societal bearings vis-...-vis language, religion, and the redistribution of estate-lands taken off the hands of the elite. Set mainly in Brahmpur, the story encompasses four well-off families, with a focus mostly on the younger members--poets, academics, playboys, newlyweds--who stitch a pattern of peccadillo through their elders' expectations. Meanwhile, Seth, whose California novel in verse, The Golden Gate (1986), was clever and energetic in concept but dull and soapy in final effect, falls into the same trap here: lots of stuff obviously--at a marathon 1300-plus pages--but characters made out of clich‚, with background-India the very stuffed pillow of local color that keeps them standing. The book, too, fairly squeaks with its own pleasure in itself, larded with poetry and a general recommendation of art over politics and money: the characters it spends the most time over are narcissists. Anyone wanting to read how a marriageable daughter can X-ray a whole society ought to let this cream-puff-wrapped-in-a-cinder-block pass and return to Tanizaki's classic Japanese masterpiece, The Makioka Sisters. Fat (the publishing world's delayed reparation for Rushdie's Satanic Verses?) but fatuous. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of- the-Month Dual Selection for May) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 21.99
US$ 10.43

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Vikram, Seth
Published by Harper Collins 2005-10-04 (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookOutlet
(Thorold, ON, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins 2005-10-04, 2005. Softcover. Condition: New. Softcover. Publisher overstock, may contain remainder mark on edge. Seller Inventory # 9780060786526B

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Seth, Vikram
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2005. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # VC-9780060786526

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0060786523

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Seth, Vikram
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Quantity Available: 13
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2005. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780060786526

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Perennial 10/4/2005 (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 10/4/2005, 2005. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. A Suitable Boy. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780060786526

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 7
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial Modern Classics. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0060786523 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|2.59. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780060786526

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classi (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial Modern Classi, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0060786523

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 19.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial Modern Classics. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0060786523 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132262274

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Vikram Seth
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2005)
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00HTK13KK

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Seth, Vikram
Published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN 10: 0060786523 ISBN 13: 9780060786526
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Qwestbooks COM LLC
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial Modern Classics. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0060786523. Seller Inventory # Z0060786523ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book