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2016 Classics Challenge: A Suitable Boy


Amy Davies - November 14th, 2016


It’s November, the temperature has dropped and the nights are drawing in, making conditions perfect for curling up with A Suitable Boy (one of the longest novels ever published in the English language).

 A Suitable Boy took the world by storm when it was first published in 1993. Over twenty years later this beautiful, epic novel retains its power to delight and amaze. At its core, Seth’s masterpiece is a love story: the tale of Lata’s – and her mother’s – attempts to find a suitable boy, through love or through exacting maternal appraisal. At the same time, it is the story of India, newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis as a sixth of the world’s population faces its first great general election and the chance to map its own destiny.

Hailed as a ‘monumental novel’ (TLS), ‘a long, sweet, sleepless pilgrimage to life’ (Guardian) and ‘the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of the twentieth century’ (The Times), A Suitable Boy is one of the most beloved and widely read books of recent times.

For more information on the 2016 Classics Challenge, head over to the Pretty Books blog: https://theprettybooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/2016-classics-challenge/ and follow @theprettybooks on Twitter.


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