While a widowed mother agonizes over her daughter's future, the newly independent India of the early 1950s struggles through a time of great crisis when its varied cultures clash. 100,000 first printing.
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Vikram Seth who has translated poets, is the author of two bestselling novels, A Suitable Boy--a veritable tour de force in fiction--and a novel in verse, The Golden Gate.He spent several years living in China and published a travel book, From Heaven Lake:Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet.
Set in newly independent India, Nehru's early 1950's, this adipose saga counterbalances a book of social manners--the marrying off of a well-to-do educated young woman, Lata Mehra--with a historical account (even at the level of transcribed parliamentary debate) of the subcontinent trying to find its societal bearings vis-...-vis language, religion, and the redistribution of estate-lands taken off the hands of the elite. Set mainly in Brahmpur, the story encompasses four well-off families, with a focus mostly on the younger members--poets, academics, playboys, newlyweds--who stitch a pattern of peccadillo through their elders' expectations. Meanwhile, Seth, whose California novel in verse, The Golden Gate (1986), was clever and energetic in concept but dull and soapy in final effect, falls into the same trap here: lots of stuff obviously--at a marathon 1300-plus pages--but characters made out of clich‚, with background-India the very stuffed pillow of local color that keeps them standing. The book, too, fairly squeaks with its own pleasure in itself, larded with poetry and a general recommendation of art over politics and money: the characters it spends the most time over are narcissists. Anyone wanting to read how a marriageable daughter can X-ray a whole society ought to let this cream-puff-wrapped-in-a-cinder-block pass and return to Tanizaki's classic Japanese masterpiece, The Makioka Sisters. Fat (the publishing world's delayed reparation for Rushdie's Satanic Verses?) but fatuous. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of- the-Month Dual Selection for May) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description HarperCollins/ Harper & Row, New York, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. RARE Signed 2 Volume [both signed on Title Page] Advance Reading Copy from an Uncorrected Typewritten Manuscript. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. No printing or edition information. Usually ARC's are 1st Editions/ 1st printings. Volume 1 front cover has a crease top right hand corner. 1st 100 pages show the same crease. Crease keeps fading as the pages get higher. Top left hand corner of front cover is torn 3/4 down the spine. Bottom of the page edges has a smudge that may have come from the printer. Volume 2 has a mark across the bottom page edges. Back cover has a crease on the top and bottom next to the binding. The 2 volume set will probably have extra shipping charges. This 2 volume set ARC is very rare. I have never seen another set listed. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000976