- Taschenbuch: 1504 Seiten
- Verlag: Orion Publishing Group; Auflage: New Ed (1. März 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch, Spanisch
- ISBN-10: 1857990889
- ISBN-13: 978-1857990881
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 6 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 118 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 240.326 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Suitable Boy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. März 1994
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The best writer of his generation (The Times)
This novel, so vast and so amiably peopled, is a long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life . . . His novel deserves thousands of long marriages and suitable readers (Guardian)
No one, surely, could wish this novel shorter . . . the greatness of the novel, its unassailable truthfulness, owes less to research than to imagination, an instinctive knowledge of the human heart (Observer)
Not merely one of the longest novels in English; it may also prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of [the twentieth] century (The TImes)
A quietly monumental novel . . . [Seth] has given that unlikeliest of hybrids, a modest tour de force (TLS)
An immensely enjoyable novel which describes with unhurried pace the panorama of India . . . Everything appears familiar to us, yet in fact it is newly minted by a master artist (Hindustan Times)
Conceived on a grand scale of the great 19th century novels - War and Peace, Middlemarch - A Suitable Boy grows to match them in breadth and depth . . . [A] massive and magnificent book (Sunday Times)
A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel of 19th century storytelling in the language of today . . . It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man. He writes with the omniscience and authority of a large, orderly committee of experts on Indian politics, law, medicine, crowd psychology, urban and rural social customs, dress, cuisine, horticulture, funerary rites, cricket and even the technicalities of shoe manufacture (Evening Standard)
Twentieth anniversary-edition of Seth's masterly hymn to life and love set against the backdrop of an independent India. (THE OBSERVER) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
The 20th-anniversary edition of the bestselling novel by Vikram Seth. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Whatever possessed Vikram Seth to write this interminable, fluffy Indian soap opera ?
At the beginning of the book he quotes Voltaire :
"The secret of being a bore is to say everything"?!
In the year 1951 politics in India were the most important thing for the males. For the female part of the population with daughters the most important "thing" was - a suitable boy. Castes had to be respected, religion too, the colour of the skin was important, the earthly goods as well.
The story is relatively simple told: Widowed mother has to seperate her daughter from an "unsuitable boy", Kabir. His fault? Being Muslim. That makes an earnest liaison with Lata impossible. They may love each other? Doesn't count! Ma takes the daughter on a railroad-ride, criss-crossing India...
And beneath the great land-reforms and other political quarrels, some seriously suitable boys appear. Now there are all the important thingies to consider and love is the last of them. But Lata will make in her own way her own choice. Happyness may arrive together with the children. Maybe...?
This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. But at tge very end those 1.500 pages seemed to me... somehow incomplete! After I have come to know all those main characters, there was an ending so abrupt I simply cannot believe it!
And now, with the next book coming out in 2016 with the title "A Suitable Girl" I really hoped after all these years in a real follow-up. But that will not happen. The new epical (?) story is a time-leap of about 50 years, as I have read yesterday. I really do not know if I will buy it!
The greatest delusion of all is the loss of all those oh so fine designed personalities, some pleasant, others less.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
1) It is horrendously overladen with distracting minutiae.
2) It requires a compendious knowledge of Indian historical, cultural and political context. The book could've been a vehicle to teach me about a lot of these things (as I had hope it would be), but it really isn't at all. After finishing it, I still don't know whether an SD is "higher up" than an MLA or if a Minister of Revenue is more influential than a Home Minister.
And my greatest peeve... 3) There is no real conflict in the book. Yes, there are class/religion questions - most notably in the relationship between Lata and Kabir - but there were literally HUNDREDS of times in the book that I thought some interesting conflict could arise, only to be disappointed. For example, Firoz and Imitiaz are twins, yet Imitiaz is the elder, having been born first. Chance for sibling rivalry? It's mentioned twice and never explored. For another example, Arun is harsh to his brother Varun. Very little conflict is ever explored there either. For yet another example, Meenkashi gets pregnant by an affair. OOH, that could get juicy and embarassing. But she has a miscarriage and nothing more happens. And perhaps greatest of all, a lot is made of the Zamindiri Bill. If passed and affirmed, people would be thrown off their land and others would benefit. YET THIS NEVER HAPPENS. It gets teased, but nothing comes of it.
And even when thing DO happen, you may not know why. Mahesh Kapoor suddenly quits the Congress Party and resigns his seat. Why? We don't really know.
After about 1300 pages, one character stabs another. We aren't quite sure why.
4) This book is consumed with festivals, holidays and travel.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
and I will finally end with a Kuku's couplet..
Couldn't stop becoming seth's fan after reading 'A Suitable boy',
which left me with tremendous satisfaction and unlimited joy.
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Epische Saga aus Indien, die vier große Familien und kaum mehr als ein Jahr beschreibt. Viele starke, gebildete, clevere Dialoge. Lesen Sie weiter...
Einfühlsame und ausführliche Beschreibung der indischen Gesellschaft mit ihren Traditionen und der Versuch von jungen Frauen aus diesen Traditionen auszubrechen und ihren... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Januar 2014 von Vreni Bollmann
Wer dieses Buch gelesen hat, weiß definitv mehr über Indien, als vor der Lektüre!
Das Buch ist sehr vielseitig... worum es geht? Lesen Sie weiter...
I've been reading this book some weeks now and I think of the many characters as of real people. This happened to me only once before: with war and peace by Tolstoy!Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 2001 von Seretta
Mr. Seth is a wonderful writer with tremendous scope and vision. If you enjoy Dickensian novels with huge casts of characters and social conscience, read this. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2000 von Bearette24
This book was a real roller coaster for me. I did become totally engrossed in it about mid way, but I'm afraid my overall impression was that the book needed a serious editing. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 6. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
One of the most beautifully written books from the 20th century. Lata's search for the suitable boy is placed in a timeless, changing country soon after its long awaited... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2000 von Nicola Menicacci
This is my favourite book of all time. It took me so long to read it and by the end I couldn't believe it was over. I just wanted it to never end. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2000 von Vanessa
A Suitable Boy,what a book!The very first thing I liked about this book was the size.I was 16 at that time and hearda bout the book in a quiz where we had to tell who the author of... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2000 von Songje Lhamo Topgyal