Book beginnings on Friday

partie4Today I am looking at the first few sentences of a great novel that I recommend to everybody. I only read it once and probably won’t read it again, not because I didn’t like it but because it takes some dedication to read it. After all it has 1.474 page.

It is “A suitable boy” by Vikram Seth.

A suitable boy is the story of Lata whose mother is looking for a suitable husband for her daughter and at the same time it is the story of a newly independent India.

A lot of other stories are interwoven and reading them is a great pleasure.

The first chapter starts with the wedding of Lata’s sister Savita.

“You too will marry a boy I choose,” said Mrs Rupa Mehra firmly to her younger daughter.

Lata avoided the maternal imperative by looking around the great lamp-lit garden of Prem Nivas. The wedding-guests were gathered on the lawn. “Hmm,” she said. This annoyed her mother  further.

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