Vikram Seth is an acclaimed Indian novelist and poet. He is best known for his epic novel 'A Suitable Boy', which is one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language. Seth has written in various genres including poetry, novels, and travel writing. His work often explores themes of love, culture, and societal norms. Seth's other notable works include 'An Equal Music' and 'The Golden Gate'. His literary contributions have earned him several awards and he is considered one of the leading figures in modern Indian literature.
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Set in 1950s India, this epic novel follows the story of four families over a period of 18 months, focusing primarily on the young woman Lata and her mother's quest to find her a suitable husband. The narrative explores the political, social, and personal upheavals in a newly independent India, struggling with its own identity amidst the backdrop of a society grappling with religious tensions, land reforms, and the shaping of a modern democratic state. Lata's journey is an exploration of love, ambition, and the weight of familial duty.
Set in the 1980s, the novel follows the life of a group of friends living in San Francisco. The protagonist, a successful yet lonely executive, is persuaded by his former girlfriend to place a personal ad, leading to a relationship with a musician. The narrative delves into their relationship, their friends' lives, and the various complications they face, including issues of love, friendship, sexuality, and death. The unique aspect of this book is that it is written entirely in verse, specifically in sonnet form.