Lazy Sunday: A Suitable Boy

January 10, 2021

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  • How did I miss that this had come out? Like you, DG, I adored the book, especially for details like how to make a shoe. I’ve read it at least four times. (I never knew I was supposed to be waiting for a sequel either).

    Since you say it’s more or less worth it I will give it a whirl next time I decide to watch some TV. Thanks.

  • Looks interesting. I will wait for it on PBS (one of my favorite channels) or look for it at my wonderful public library. Don’t know if I can handle the length of the book.

  • You’ve been spot on with your other recommendations. I’ll have to check this out. Thank you so much!

  • Woke up at 6am with a massive allergy headache; DG’s movie review/summary is the perfect to make me chuckle for at least a bit. Thank you!

  • Decades ago, so it seems, a friend told me about this novel. I got it from the library: a book approximately the size of a cinder block, and hauled it about with me all summer. I loved the series, but now realize that I probably need to re-read the book as my understanding of Indias history is much greater now than it was in that long ago summer. But this time I will put it on my Kindle; I am too old now to carry about another cinder block.

  • Don’t have a blog?…..pity

    • Years ago I listened to it on BBC4 radio. Loved it. I bought the book. I’m on the couch right at this moment looking at it on the shelf. Unread. Too big to even hold. TV show is wonderful.

  • Oh my gosh! I loved this book so much and I had no idea they made this into a series! I’ve been waiting for the “sequel” ever since I read it years ago and it keeps getting delayed like you said. Will be excited to check this out.

  • I don’t have Acorn but will watch for it on PBS. I read the book about six years ago. Quite a feat.

  • ANY book by Vikram Seth is worth reading (The Golden Gate – a novel set in SF written entirely in sonnets!). I’m two episodes into the series and I’m enjoying it, although I don’t find it quite as engrossing as the book – not binging, just an episode every few nights. And I second your recommendation about Tabu – she’s amazing in anything she’s in. Western viewers might know her best as the mother in the movie adaptation of The Namesake.

    • Oh, it’s nowhere in the book’s territory richness-wise, I agree — and even though it maintains some of the more serious plot turns towards the end, it feels a little gravitas-free — but it’s still very very pleasurable. The Namesake is also directed by Mira Nair, as is the great near-classic Monsoon Wedding, which is the best thing she’s ever done by quite some distance I think. She can be uneven (the Amelia Earhart movie springs to mind), but when she’s on, she’s ON.

  • There is an audio version of the book on if anyone enjoys to listen

  • Hrmmmm… Sounds like a cross between Middlesex (history of an entire group of people in a novel “about” one character) and Infinite Jest (wildly long and ranging), maybe with a thematic cousin in Fiddler on the Roof… Might have to get the book.

    • Far more traditional than either of those books; it’s consciously modeled on Victorian-era multi-volume novels.

      • Well, I always hated Dickens, but I had a tremendous amount of fun reading Wilkie Collins “The Moonstone” last summer. Maybe I’ll *try* the book and see if I need to fast forward to just watching 😉

  • The pandemic prompted an Acorn subscription. First up was Land Girls (excellent!) and second was A Suitable Boy. Finished on Friday and still mesmerized by the colors and the sense of family. A definite winner.

  • I read the book when it first came out and thought it was great (yes, it’s a tome). Apparently Vikram Seth kept a Post It grid to track all the characters. It was fascinating to me because I was born some 25 years after India’s independence and it felt like a bygone era. (I mean, 1990 is a bygone era, think about it.)

    Tabu is a marvelous actress. Anything featuring her is worth watching.

  • Yes – this series was WONDERFUL! A Vancouver Public Library card gives access to Acorn programming and so I was able to “check it out” literally.

    • I read the book when it first came out. Vikram Seth kept me completely hooked to the book and for many years I told my very dear husband ( my suitable boy) that if any one should ever make a movie then it should be Mira Nair. And I was the happiest when I heard her attempt at creating this 6 part series. As I live in USA I had to wait until it was released on ACORN BBC and I have watched every episode for the past 6 Mondays as it was being released sequentially. Mira knows how to capture Indian literature on camera. I have loved watching the episodes again just to enjoy the 1951 details of very recent post independent India . What a sight to my sore eyes.. just spectacular direction and transcending the words of Vikram on to screen with such finesse!! Enjoy!

  • One of my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! Do NOT be I to it dated by the length. The chapters are just a few pages long, which makes it perfect bedtime reading, IF you can stop at one chapter. I learned so much from this book, and loved every minute of it.

    Because I’m me, that means I won’t watch. If I love the book I prefer keeping it as I imagined it.

    Enjoy Everyone!