A Suitable Boy
Timeless, a modern classic
Do not waste your time looking for Brahmpur on a map of India. The city, simply, does not exist. Nevertheless, looking, hearing, smelling and - last but not least - reading the pages of this wonderful book you will be surprised to discover how real
this non-city is.
Lata's search for the suitable boy in times of change - right after the independence, with the Parliament trying to rule a vast country and religious fights spreading all over - as she tries to keep the balance between her own model of life and the restriction of a way of living soon to become old and awkward will easily capture the reader, leading her to a land of hope, contradiction and faith in the future.
So far my favorite book - not the most beautiful I've ever read, though for sure among the top three - Seth's writing remains fantastic, in a beautiful English which is surely second to none.
A caveat, though: let the reader be not scared by the number of pages. As soon as you close the back cover, you will regret Seth did not make it much longer.