Search Results: "Vikram Seth"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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RED EARTH AND POURING RAIN by Vikram Chandra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1995

"Still: a richly textured and engrossing debut. (Author tour)"
Everyone has a story to tell in this impressive debut from Bombay-bred, Houston-based Chandra: a wide-ranging, often riveting patchwork of India's past and present and the clash of cultures in colonial and post-colonial times. Read full book review >

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THE AFFLICTIONS by Vikram Paralkar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"A haunting take on the ills of flesh and soul."
An archaic world struggles with strange maladies in this darkly whimsical meditation on human discontents. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND LONGING IN BOMBAY by Vikram Chandra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 1997

"A brilliant work, equally effective in its radiant separate parts and as a pleasingly complex and highly original construction."
Five ingeniously linked long stories by the young Indian-born author whose impressive fictional debut was the magical-realist Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Well-suited for academic studies and most general readers, the first volume of this work sets a high standard for other books on the subject."
Trying to understand all the issues involved in energy policy and production can be like drinking from a fire hose, but the authors of this introductory work—split into two volumes—do solid work in controlling the flow with good humor and a sensible approach. Read full book review >

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SHINING CITY by Seth Greenland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"One character's adage that '[t]he world is made up of masters and slaves' proves hilariously prophetic in this novel about a 'Family-values' pimp."
Rarely do novels that are so ruthlessly satiric have such a warm heart. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"Not much consideration of the broader implications here, but this chronicle of Cunningham's deliberate duplicity certainly has the power to shock."
Former Associated Press reporter Hettena dissects one of the decade's most notorious political scandals. Read full book review >

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Journey to Galumphagos by Seth Eisner
Released: Aug. 4, 2013

"A well-paced, delightful children's book with a moral that's clear without being heavy-handed."
In this entertaining, fantastical adventure for middle-grade readers, three siblings discover that running away from problems might create more of them. Read full book review >