About the book
Written in verse, this was Vikram Seth‘s first novel. Set in the 1980s, in the affluence and sunshine of California’s silicon valley, it is the story of twenty-somethings looking for love, pleasure and the meaning of life.
Reviewed by Boaters Book Club
With apologies to Vikram Seth
Four of us sat with wine
And discussed if the book was sublime
We felt the other six missed a trick
For giving up because of the rhyme. Claire absolutely “loved it to bits”
While Maggie thought “it went on a bit”.
Rupert Bear was seen as an inspiration
As the reading required some dedication. All of life was in the story, with girls and boys and life and death
The end was sad with Jan’s demise
With touching thoughts on mum’s last breath
And a baby’s birth quite a surprise. Laurie was full of poetic technique
And we found Seth full of cheek
His chapters, bio, comments in verse
Were felt amusing, could be worse. On the whole the thought were good
And we were reluctant to return the book
Because it wanted revisiting and more
For a chance to again enjoy.
Star rating: ***
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