A never-ending soap-opera. An all-embracing catalogue of post-partition Indianness, covering as wide and incongrous a range of topics as love, gardening, land reforms, poetry, Congress party corruption, funerary ceremonies, cast politics, religious pregiudices, food, ghazals, astrology and much, much more. Wonder what else Vikhram Seth feels that, left behind, deserves inclusion in his 2013 sequel......Continua
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One of the best novels I have ever read, and Vikram Seth is one of the best writers alive, I believe.
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.
A novel of enormous scope covering the period after Independence in India. It opens a great vista, a panoramic view of life in India with, I suspect, no equal. The characters are truly memorable, unsurpassed in literature which really has no plot or mystery but just an unfolding of life as it is. A magnificent story!...Continua