The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth

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.

The 3421st greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 136

Since this book was first published in 1986, there is a penalty of 19.2%. The age adjusted score is 109.89.

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