FREE DOC é READER A Suitable Boy È VIKRAM SETH


READER A Suitable Boy

FREE DOC é READER A Suitable Boy È VIKRAM SETH ¿ De geschikte jongen speelt zich af in en rondom de fictieve Indiase stad Brahmpur gelegen aan de Ganges Het is voorjaar 1951 mevrouw Rupa Mehra schakelt vrienden en kennissen in om haar te helpen een goede echtgenoot te vinden voor haar jongste dochter Lata Met dit simpele motDe geschikte jongen speelt zich af in en rondom de fictieve Indiase stad Brahmpur gelegen aan de Ganges Het is voorjaar 1951 mevrouw Rupa Mehra schakelt vrienden en kennissen in om haar te helpen een goede After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a tide of sickliness which didn't ever let up All these characters are so unbearably cute even the less nice ones If post independent India was crossed with Bambi it would be Vikram Seth's endless gurgling prose So I stopped reading and drove several three inch nails into my head and I've been all right since then

A Suitable BoyDe geschikte jongen speelt zich af in en rondom de fictieve Indiase stad Brahmpur gelegen aan de Ganges Het is voorjaar 1951 mevrouw Rupa Mehra schakelt vrienden en kennissen in om haar te helpen een goede After about page 200 I realised this was like eating Turkish Delight morning noon and night and my spiritual teeth were beginning to dissolve under a tide of sickliness which didn't ever let up All these characters are so unbearably cute even the less nice ones If post independent India was crossed with Bambi it would be Vikram Seth's endless gurgling prose So I stopped reading and drove several three inch nails into my head and I've been all right since then

MOBI ✓ A Suitable Boy ↠ Vikram Seth

A Suitable Boy à Ra's de Chatterji's en de Khans Hij brengt het postkoloniaal India tot leven dat aan de vooravond van zijn eerste algemene verkiezingen probeert om verschillende culturen en religies met elkaar te verzoene Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy is one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life It's a long book But it is very engaging; I managed to read it in one stretch with a break to sleep while I awaited the movers to take me and my belongings across the country To my chagrin I had completed it before my flight and when it finished I didn't want the book to be over I wanted to go back and re read it from the beginning It is one of the best books about life in India I've ever read it is the anti Kite Runner book There is nothing trite or stereotyped about the characterization; it believably describes elements of society that are even obliue to people within the mainstream of modern Indian society; the plot is not simple nor is it a convoluted mystery story Writing this up I think I should go get it and read it again Like most of my favorite books I gave it away a long time ago MOBI ✓ A Suitable Boy ↠ Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth ↠ A Suitable Boy TEXT

Vikram Seth ↠ A Suitable Boy TEXT Echtgenoot te vinden voor haar jongste dochter Lata Met dit simpele motief als voorwendsel voert Vikram Seth vier families ten tonele drie met een hindoe en een met een moslimachtergrond de Kapoors de Meh Spoiler alertI finally finished reading A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth For some reason I used to avoid picking it up and kept putting it off I suppose it was mainly the size it’s one thick book approximately 1500 pages but I also think it had to do with this misconception I had that it would be a tough read that Seth’s writing would be pompous and saturated with flowery descriptions of rivers winding through the green and yellow village of GraamNagar Imagine my surprise when I find that the language is smooth his tone light and his narrative interesting The fact that Seth managed to keep the threads of the numerous plots and subplots clear in his head is an accomplishment in itself but even impressive is how each characters of his story is real; they are people we recognize with mannerisms we’ve noticed in ourselves and others and dialogues we’ve heard thought or spoken The title might suggest that it’s the story of finding the perfect marriage candidate for the central character but that would be belittling the grand work that is A Suitable Boy It is the story of the Mehras the Kapoors the Khans the Chatterjis and a myriad of other characters such as Saeeda Bai and Kakoli many of whom are fleshed out substantially even when their appearance is minimal The beauty of the story arises from their interactions with each other their thoughts and their ups and downs Little details that create vivid images of a decaying courtesan’s world a cosmopolitan Calcutta the shoemakers’ rank as in rancid neighbourhoods and so on The story covers about a year of the characters’ lives detailing the day to day mundanity Little decisions — a smile here a letter there a glass of nimbu pani lemon water every now and then are what makes the story Yet these little decisions these microsteps that are taken culminate in huge changes that are noticed only in hindsightI’m probably not giving away any surprises when I say that I was thoroughly pissed off at Lata Mehra’s decision to marry Haresh Khanna I shouldn’t have been surprised because Lata does say in the first few pages ” I always obey my mother” and so the ending wasn’t so much a surprise as it was a disappointment I did understand why she did it but I couldn’t help my acute disappointment in her all the same I was genuinely frustrated at her pigheadedness her thought process that led her to this decision I was angry because I am afraid that her reasoning resonated with the coward in everyone especially south asian girls who have had to or will have to at least discuss the concept of arranged marriage at some point in their livesIronically her mother later suffered a number of ualms herself about whether Haresh would be the right boy for her daughter Had Lata decided against the marriage Mrs Mehra would have been perfectly amenable especially since Lata’s yuppie brother Arun did not condone the marriage either So why did Lata decide to snub both Kabir the Muslim she fell in love with or Amit the Bengali poet she could fall in love with easily? Her reasoning in the last few pages was scary because it reminded me of how we would rather our lives be a smooth ride of mediocrity than a roller coaster of brilliance that plummets from time to time We choose to be mediocre ly happy the utilitarian idea that the “aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number” She says “I’m not myself when I’m with him Kabir I ask myself who is this this jealous obsessed womanI don’t want to passionately love him I don’t know want to If that’s what passion means I dont’ want it”Once Lata makes her decision we know that she will lead her life contently enough It upset me because I saw Lata in a number of people I know in real life including myself Mind you I am not advocating against arranged marriage as a whole because I know they can work Lata’s sister Savita who marries Pran after meeting him only once in front of her elders does genuinely fall in love with him and go on to lead a happy life So it’s not that arranged marriages are wrong I just felt that Lata was wrong in her decision to marry Haresh Even if he was considered fair and good looking confident and ambitious Ironically from Haresh’s side it’s not exactly a traditional arranged marriage He arranges his nuptials himself because he doesn’t like the parents getting involved in this matter; his parents already know that he will run away metaphorically speaking if they try to set him up So to Haresh this is a decision he’s making by himself for his own benefit Haresh had already been in love with someone else before had neatly folded away his Devdas romanticism for that girl and was ready now to live a contented life with someone else it just happened to be Lata He is oh so bloody honest about his feelings for this girl and that he knows it won’t ever happen and so must move on Lata wanted his practicality his forceful ability to get things done his willingness to help out her family members What angered me was the underlying assumption that KabirAmit couldn’t be all those things that they would be selfish beings simply because they would also love her and she would have to him either him back My favourite characters in the book are Amit Chatterji and Pran Kapoor I know Vikram Seth denies fashioning Amit after him but to be honest for some reason while I was reading about Amit’s tendencies for the necessary inactivity that comes with being a writer I thought of Seth What I liked about Amit was that he was the uber intellectual his tone was oft sardonic his amusement freuent his observations of people accepting and piercing He talked a lot and said very little He was cryptic in his cynicism I loved him Lata rejects him on the basis of his being high maintenance type someone who needs his meals laid out for him who wouldn’t have time for her if he was working on a novel and whose moodswings are as freuent as her own I don’t buy that completely He did make the time for her he knew how to be charming and behave in society he wasn’t an absent minded intellectual he knew what he wanted and he knew how to get what he wants Lata was right in that he wouldn’t fall apart at her rejection but I think it’s not his insensitivity that would allow him to be friends with her after her marriage but his excessive civility his sophistication and his writer’s acceptance of lifeMy other favourite character Pran Kapoor a thin dark uiet professor is a sweetheart The kind of nice guy who doesn’t begrudge his mother in law’s long vacations with them who plays April Fools Day jokes on people because “those who aren’t conscious of the date must take the conseuences” He is the ultimate good son who uietly accepts his arranged marriage and falls in love with his wife His was the real arranged marriage in the true sense of the word and yet you cannot dislike him or his wife Savita because they are both so lovable people that you just know that they were destined to be together no matter how they got togetherFor those of you who haven’t read it do Trust me I can’t begin to describe the many shades there are to each character and how nothing I say will completely do justice to them I got mad at one character’s one decision not at the book Seth is amazing His voice is uninstrusive and style very graceful That’s the word graceful Despite its size you get a soft feeling reading it True it is a tad tedious at times Some of the political parts and some of the characters could have been done without But in the end you can’t get angry at someone who gives you the whole cake when all you asked for was a slice