Monday, 19 March 2012

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The Literary Blog hop is hosted by The Blue Bookcase.

Each week a new question is posed - this week the question is....

What one literary work must you read before you die?

That's easy - for me it's Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'.  

I loved this book from start to finish (which means that I loved this book for quite some took about 2 months to complete!) and I wanted everyone else to read it and love it as much as I did!

It was full of drama, history, memorable characters, pathos, humour, love and grief. I was genuinely upset when I finally finished the book - I missed the characters like they were real friends and family members. I carried the book around with me and declared to my book group that I wished to be buried with it when I died!

This book popped into my hands during the middle of my Indian reading phase (obsession). I had already read The God of Small Things, several books by Anita Desai, A Passage to India by E.M. Forster & Midnight's Children by Salmon Rushdie. 

By the end of A Suitable Boy, I was dreaming about India. What seemed so exotic and alien early in my reading had become familiar and knowable.

I think that's why books like this are so important. 

We only ever get to live one lifetime each; through books we can experience hundreds. 

Anything, any book, any author, any character that allows you to  

"climb inside of his skin and walk around in it"

is important. 
For me, A Suitable Boy was one of those book. Just as Harper Lee opened up the deep South during my teen years, Seth - and India - captured my 30's.

I still find myself thinking about Lata and Amit to this day, wondering what they're up to, hoping they're okay.

So you can imagine my delight, when 2 years ago I learnt that Seth was writing a sequel called 'A Suitable Girl'.

I have high hopes it will be published next year so I can add it to my personal list of books that I must read before I die.

Happy Reading!

Later -

I'm such a dill !!
I didn't check the date on the above Blog Hop properly. Turns out the March dates were for 2011!!

But I had so much fun putting this together, I've decided to keep this here anyway. 

I will join in another (up-to-date!) Literary Blog Hop soon :-)

Much later -

I will also include this as a cheat's post for Armchair BEA 2014! 


  1. That does sound like a good diversity title. But now I'm curious....Did you read A Suitable Girl?

    Joy's Book Blog

  2. I'm trying to get through Proust's In Search of Lost Time. It will take me the rest of my life! just goes on and on. :) Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I have the first book on my Classics Club's not one I feel I can tackle right now - good luck!!

  3. Anonymous30/5/14

    So did you get to read A Suitable Girl also? How did it compare?

    1. Believe it or not...we're STILL waiting for Seth to finish writing A Suitable Girl...I suspect another chunkster in the making :-)

  4. Oh, I DO want to read A Suitable Boy..... I have a copy in my office. It sits there, enormously, taunting me. Every time I host a book club meeting at my house, I bring it out and say "why don't we pick THE CHUNKSTER this time?" But no one agrees. :). Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.


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