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 time...it 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"
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.
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!