Today I’m having a look at a book I liked very much when I first read it. However, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth is a bit, um, lengthy (about 1400 pages) and I don’t think I will re-read it any time soon. Here is the description from Goodreads:
Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find — through love or through exacting maternal appraisal — a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, A Suitable Boy takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and spins a compulsively readable tale of their lives and loves. A sweeping panoramic portrait of a complex, multiethnic society in flux, A Suitable Boy remains the story of ordinary people caught up in a web of love and ambition, humor and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the most appalling violence.
Again I can’t say I am too fussed on the German covers. I have the second one and I think we also have the English issue with the second cover as well, but I very much prefer the first English one. This is what, to me, a book about India must look like (possibly quite prejudiced, but there you have it).
The German title “Eine gute Partie” would probably be “An eligible bachelor” or something along that line, so for me it is close enough, even though the German seems to focus more on the money than the English does. Or does a suitable boy always come loaded? I am not sure.