A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth Summary
A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's great classic of Indian literature. Acclaimed as one of the greatest novels of the last century, Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy remains, twenty years after publication, one of the most entrancing and spellbinding works of fiction yet written. A love story as well as the tale of a country awakening from long years of colonial rule, it tells of Lata, and of her mother's exacting attempts to find her the perfect husband. It also recounts India's troubles shaping its own destiny as the country marches towards its first great General Election. Vikram Seth's historical novel A Suitable Boy is a story that readers the world over can neither put down nor ever forget. 'Fiction on a grand scale. By the time you reach the last page you will have absorbed a splendid story, full of the tangle and perfume of India' Sunday Telegraph '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 'This novel, so vast and so amiably peopled, is a long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life' Guardian 'A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel of nineteenth-century style storytelling' Evening Standard 'Seth is the best writer of his generation' The Times Equally gifted as a poet, essayist, memoirist, travel writer and novelist, Vikram Seth is perhaps best known for A Suitable Boy, one of the best loved and most widely read novels of recent times. His other books include An Equal Music, The Golden Gate, Two Lives and The Rivered Earth, a book of libretti to accompany music by the composer Alec Roth.
Summer Requiem by Vikram Seth Summary
'I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind That I am forever waking in a lost country...' SUMMER REQUIEM traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both 'gifts and harms'. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, 'the hour of rust', when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, 'changeable, that will not betray'.
Collected Poems by Vikram Seth Summary
Widely celebrated as the author of the worldwide bestselling novels A SUITABLE BOY and AN EQUAL MUSIC, Vikram Seth is also a highly acclaimed poet with a substantial body of work. Here, for the first time in one volume, readers can appreciate the beauty and scope of his poetic vision. Including MAPPINGS, THE HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR'S GARDEN, ALL YOU WHO SLEEP TONIGHT, THREE CHINESE POETS, BEASTLY TALES FROM HERE AND THERE, ARION AND THE DOLPHIN, THE RIVERED EARTH and SUMMER REQUIEM, this collection displays the richness of Vikram Seth's imagination and the brilliant diversity of his craft.
Vikram Seth's Suitable Boy by Angela Atkins Summary
The 'Continuum Contemporaries' series is designed as a source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and literature students at school, college and university. It aims to give readers informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, acclaimed and influential novels of recent years.
Orientalism from Within : Arundhati Roy and Her Contemporaries (Penerbit USM) by Halimah Mohamed Ali Summary
This book explores three Indian-English novels, which are Booker Prize nominees: Vikram Seth (1993). A Suitable Boy: Rohinton Mistry (1995). A fine Balance: and the winner of the prize Arundhati Roy (1997). The god of Small Things. The novels selected are aligned thematically by the theme of caste that runs supreme in each one. All other issues like mimicry, marriage and caste-passing, that deal with the Hindu caste movement , are considered to offer exotica. A neology has been created vis-à-vis this work. The created neology neology, 'caste-passing' is used to label the act of moving up or down the the caste ladder that is conducted in the fiction. It is based upon the act and term derived from African-American racial discourses called passing. It means taking up another identity. It has been shown via the chapters that contemporary Indian-English novels whether written within the Indian diaspora overseas or by Indians based in India have adopted Western style Orientalism. The authors make use of the Indian psyche, culture and religious worlds to regurgitate the Western bias against the Other and deliver it to the West for financial gain, which means fame and fortune for the writers. This book shows that Western Orientalsm did not end with post-colonialism in India. Neocolonialism is practiced by the West and is delivered by Indians to them. This work points out that three writers have adhered to a neocolonial Western framework. They have produced writings that pander and cater to the West since it craves for exotica and erotica from the East. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
A Critical Analysis of Vikram Seth's Poetry and Fiction by Seemita Mohanty Summary
The Book, Through Critical Analysis And Assessment, Tries To Establish Seth As A Powerful And Serious Writer, Who Deserves To Be Taken Seriously, Both By The General Reader And The Discerning Scholar And Researcher. The Analyses Concentrate On His Individual Books And Attempt To Trace The Continuity Of Seth S Thought-Process, Motivation And Attitudes, As Well As The Dimensions Of His Structural Control Over The Medium. It Is A Comprehensive Account Of Seth S Poetry And Fiction Contained Within A Singular Volume. An Attempt Has Also Been Made To Briefly Place Seth As An Indian Writer Of English, In The Context Of The Development Of Indian English Literature, Particularly In The Post-Independence Period.On The Whole, Seth In His Poetry And Fiction, Puts Continuous Emphasis On Love And Relationship, And Explores Their Many Dimensions In A Shifting, Changing And Corroding Background. At The Same Time He Incorporates Together The Complementary Segments Of Life As Available In The Modern World Into A Meaningful Form. His Creative Insight And Creative Achievement Could Be Considered As One Of The Finest In The Post-1980 Indian English Literature. This Book Reflects All These And Much More. It Is Hoped That Students And Teachers Of Indian English Literature Will Find This Book An Extremely Useful Reference Source While The General Readers Who Are Interested In Literature In English Will Find It Intellectually Stimulating.
Vikram Seth's Art by Roopali Gupta Summary
Vikram Seth Is One Of The Most Well-Known And Successful Names In The Indian English Writing Today. Internationally Renowned For His Artistic Skill Of Blending The Poet S Sensitivity With The Narrator S Comprehension Of The Elements Of Plot, Structure, And Character, Seth Has Been Able To Span Geographical And National Barriers And Played A Major Role In Bringing The Indian English Writing Onto The Stage Of World Literature.The Present Book Vikram Seth S Art An Appraisal Is The First Full-Length Study Of Vikram Seth S Entire Literary Output. It Introduces The Readers To Vikram Seth S Life And Background And Evaluates His Writings, His Thematic Concerns, His Diversification Into Different Genres And His Contribution To The Present-Day Literary Scene. Seth S Work Merits Detailed Study And This Book Presents A Comprehensive Analysis Of The Different Aspects Of His Writing.It Is Hoped That The Book Would Be Of Great Interest To The Readers Who Are Fond Of English Novels And Poems. In Addition, It Will Prove Useful To The Students Of English Literature.
Golden Gate by Vikram Seth Summary
Ce roman se déroule au pied du Golden Gate. Lieu : la Californie. Les années quatre-vingt. Quelques Américains, sous l'oil de Vikram Seth, Cherchent le grand amour et bravent le destin. Cette épopée moderne, où satire et romance Entraînent le lecteur au cour d'une expérience Unique, est racontée en vers : sept cents sonnets A peu de choses près, où tour à tour paraît Et disparaît l'espoir, où le futur auteur D'Un garçon convenable, autre roman épique, Fait de San Francisco une cité mythique. Le rire y est fréquent, aussi bien que les pleurs. Savourez sa musique et oubliez l'exploit. (Il est traduit ici pour la première fois.)Ce Golden Gate pourrait se conter à voix haute, rythmé par des dialogues, de l'humour et des pleurs, entraînant le lecteur par sa musique sans faute, le conduisant aussi à réciter sans peur. Vikram Seth et Claro rendent ce roman magique.
Une demi-couronne by Jo Walton Summary
Londres. 1960. Dix ans ont passé depuis l’attentat contre Hitler déjoué par Peter Carmichael. L’homme qui fut un brillant inspecteur de Scotland Yard dirige maintenant le Guet, la redoutable police secrète créée par Mark Normanby pour juguler l’opposition et traquer les Juifs. Il a adopté Elvira Royston, la fille de son ancien adjoint. Alors que la jeune Elvira se forge lentement mais sûrement une conscience politique et découvre avec effroi les coulisses d’une Angleterre vendue au fascisme, de nouveaux mouvements sur l’échiquier politique secouent le pays. Le retour du duc de Windsor, fasciné par Hitler, n’étant pas le moindre. En danger, plus que jamais, Carmichael va être confronté au plus grand défi de son existence. Avec Une demi-couronne, Jo Walton clôt en beauté sa trilogie du Subtil changement (Le Cercle de Farthing, Hamlet au paradis) et nous rappelle que les Justes, aussi, peuvent écrire l’Histoire.