I definitely need help to read A Suitable Boy. At 1474 pages, it requires willpower to stay on it till the end. My non-blogger colleague has good things to say about the book, and all I read in blogosphere about the book is that it is a must read.
I conducted a quick poll in 2 January 2011 and asked readers to vote for the next book they wish to feature on the read-along and guess what? A Suitable Boy got the most vote!
A big fan of Vikram Seth, Tony of Tony’s Reading List wrote a superb review of the book and here’s one from Tony that summarise the experience:
For such a long novel, ‘A Suitable Boy’ is very easy to read. The story comes together as a whole so well, its structure so masterly, that the reader is compelled to press on as quickly as possible, desperate to find out what happens next. Like life itself, long sections seem to move on slowly with no real drama, only to be interrupted suddenly by chilling, unforeseen events.
At last, the time has finally come that I will read the book. Together with Sam, Aths. and Ana, I would be in good company. My edition is a 3-volume collection (see the pic above). It would make my read for the book seems a little palatable now that it is a manageable 3 books rather than one single tome! It is psychological, I think, I am more inclined to give up reading if I have to lug a big tomb around for weeks…
The schedule is broken down in three parts, a duration of one month for each book:
Book 1 : 1.1 to 7.46 (July to August)
Book 2 : 8.1 to 13.38 (August to September)
Book 3 : 14.1 to 19.16 (September to October)
This is going to be a very relaxing read-along, at 450 to 500 pages a month, you will have plenty of time to read the book. We aim to post at the end of each book but for those who are interested you can post as many reviews as you want, just link back to any of our blogs.
Won’t you come along with me on the bandwagon to read this gargantuan book?!
Promotion posts from my fellow bloggers (and big thanks for Sam for designing such an elegant button):