A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth

Synopsis – Vikram Seth’s novel is, at its core, a love story: the tale of Lata’s–and her mother, Mrs Rupa Mehra’s–attempts to find a suitable boy for Lata, through love or exacting maternal appraisal. 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, humour and sadness, prejudice and reconciliation, the most delicate social etiquette and the appalling violence.

Literary Awards won by A Suitable Boy

The book was among the contenders in a 2014 list by The Telegraph of the ten all-time greatest Asian novels, and Emma Lee-Potter of The Independent listed it as one of the 12 best Indian novels. On 5 November 2019, BBC News included A Suitable Boy on its list of the 100 most inspiring novels.

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Score Factor

Writing 95%
Recommendation Level 90%
Character Development 80%
Plot 75%

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