Search Results: "Vikram Seth"


BOOK REVIEW

TWO LIVES by Vikram Seth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Another triumph for one of the most versatile and engaging of all contemporary writers."
The Indian-born poet (The Golden Gate, 1986) and novelist (A Suitable Boy, 1993) extends his already impressive range with this replete family memoir. Read full book review >

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AN EQUAL MUSIC by Vikram Seth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

"Seth can do better—but don't be surprised if An Equal Music becomes very, very popular. ($150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A highly readable if frustratingly uninvolving story of lost love set in the rarefied world of classical music performance, from the Indian-born British poet and author of the verse novel The Golden Gate (1991) and the Tolstoyan A Suitable Boy. (1993). Read full book review >

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A SUITABLE BOY by Vikram Seth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1993

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-Ö-vis language, religion, and the redistribution of estate-lands taken off the hands of the elite. Read full book review >

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ARION AND THE DOLPHIN by Vikram Seth
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"The scenery, though lush, has little Grecian fragrance. (Picture book/mythology. 6-9)"
This retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Arion the musician and his dolphin friend receives fractured, confusing treatment. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW OF SETH by Tom Llewellyn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Read this mystery more for its local interest than its plot. (Mystery. 12-17)"
Old friends become suspects when a working-class Tacoma teen investigates his mother's murder. Read full book review >

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SIR SETH THISTLETHWAITE by Richard Thake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books, Kate McMullan's Dragon Slayers' Academy and the storied Magic Tree House all render this painfully patronizing series unnecessary. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Two boys imagine an adventure in the kingdoms of Thatchwych and High Dudgeon. Read full book review >

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SETH BAUMGARTNER’S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2010

"Derivative but supremely enjoyable. (Fiction. YA)"
When Seth's girlfriend dumps him during her lunch break at Applebee's, he is not only heartbroken but totally grossed out: While Veronica squelches his dreams of love with nonsensical platitudes like, "I'm too comfortable with you," Seth spots his father having an intimate meal with a sexy woman who is definitely not his mother. Read full book review >

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THE SLAYERS OF SETH by P.C. Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2002

"Except perhaps for those with a special interest in the period, Amerotke's latest forgets that even in ancient Egypt, less could have been more."
Thirty years after winning a war against the cruel Hyksos of the Red Lands, the remaining heroes of the conflict, the Panthers of the South, are living, rich and prosperous, under Queen Hatusu's reign in Thebes—until they begin to fall victim, one by one, to the hand of an unknown slayer. Read full book review >

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THE IN-BETWEEN WORLD OF VIKRAM LALL by M.G. Vassanji
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2004

"A bleak but affecting portrait of loss by a master writer (Amerika, 2001, etc.) come fully into his own. (N.B.: This is Vassanji's fifth novel and second Giller Prize winner.)"
Born and raised in East Africa, Indian Vassanji describes in spare but resonant prose the depressing realities of post-colonial Africa in telling the story of a man whose life is blighted by the times. Read full book review >

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SIR SETH THISTLETHWAITE AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CAVES by Richard Thake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"The potential strength of this presentation would be as a read-aloud to grade-schoolers, who would, no doubt, enjoy the difficulties the adult reader would encounter, wading through all the wacky words. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Two imaginative 10-year-old boys embark on a disbelief-suspending adventure in this second of a series. Read full book review >

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WIMBLEDON GREEN by Seth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A humble hobby is pursued with Indiana Jones-style vigor."
How did the world's greatest comic collector get to be so great? And what's with the hats? Read full book review >

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GEEK SUBLIME by Vikram Chandra
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An engaging exercise in interdisciplinary thought, both elegant and eloquent. Besides, who can resist a text that works karma, Marcel Duchamp and iterative programming into a single thought?"
A fruitful exploration of computer-age aesthetics, when artists are making use of programming even as programmers consider themselves artists. Read full book review >