Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Review: The Golden Gate

Title:         The Golden Gate
Author:     Vikram Seth
Publ.:        Faber&Faber
ISBN:       9780571200382
MRP:        Rs 295
Pages:       307

Today I wish to review my very latest read for you
It’s a novel in verse by the inimitable Vikram Seth
About young pals-John, Liz, Janet, Ed, Phil and Sue
Set in 1980’s, story unfolds in city of the golden gate
When a lonely John sets out to look for an apt partner
Pressed by Janet, his ex-a sculptor and band drummer
They come across a plethora of people and situations
Find old friends, heartbreaks, odd and taboo relations
Apart from jealous cats, wines, iguana, art, revolution,
Sleights, breakups, confessions, marches and confusion

Author’s lucid verses keep the reader glued to the tale
He finely etches all characters and lives in good detail
Our author was born in Kolkata, West Bengal in 1952
Though an economist, he entered literature, a field new
His first novel, this came out in 1986, by Faber&Faber
And since has won hearts of its readers the world over
Composed in 14-line sonnet form; inspired by Pushkin
After author read both translations of ‘Eugene Onegin’
So now, I have one more title to appreciate and collect
No brownie points for guessing, it is ‘The Golden Gate’


  1. Sounds delightful, especially the verse writing? Must check it out......

    1. Hi Shadow

      Thanks! It really is a very delightful work by Vikram Seth :)

  2. Sounds interesting! Wish I could read this book

    1. Hi Jeevan

      Thanks a lot! yes, this book is really interesting!

  3. I read this in your facebook and since then I have been thinking why i have not read any Vikram Seth... So just ordered A Suitable Boy... Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Loco

      He writes like dream! Great! :)