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Book Title: The Golden Gate|
Date of issue: 1986
ISBN 13: 9780394549743
The author of the book: Vikram Seth
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 598 KB
Edition: Random House
Read full description of the books The Golden Gate:This is the story of a group of young and not-so-young people living within reach of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1980s. There is John, a successful young executive in Silicon Valley who is unaccountably lonely; his loyal ex-girlfriend Janet, a sculptor and drummer in the band Liquid Sheep, who places an ad in the personal columns on his behalf; Liz, the young lawyer whom he meets as a result of the ad; Liz’s family, especially her brother Ed, who has trouble finding his direction in life; and her cat Charlemagne, who is perfectly certain of his. There is also Phil, John’s friend, who has left his job in Silicon Valley for reasons of conscience and been in turn left by his wife, who has gone back east. It is not simply a California story, although certain details about wine-making, pet iguanas, olive-picking, astonishing billboards and bumper stickers—“Have you hugged your whale today?”—capture the seductiveness of the West Coast at the same time that they illuminate the larger world in which we live.
Above all, this is a book about the universal pursuit of love—love that’s over and done with, love that persists, and love that hasn’t yet been tried. As we read, we find that we care more than we had realized about such things as loneliness, babies, celibacy, music, boys with boys and boys with girls, even the wisdom of writing a whole novel in verse. When we come to the end, we begin rereading, this time to enjoy the rhymes. Perhaps this is the perfect book for the 1980s—fluid, funny, poignant, quotable, resting every fourteen lines, a tour de force that is also a tour of everything that concerns us.
Read information about the authorVikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.
During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.
The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse (1986) was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. A Suitable Boy (1993), an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
His poetry includes The Humble Administrator's Garden (1985) and All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990). His Beastly Tales from Here and There (1992) is children's book consisting of ten stories in verse about animals.
In 2005, he published Two Lives, a family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great-uncle (Shanti Behari Seth) and German-Jewish great aunt (Henny Caro) who met in Berlin in the early 1930s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school. As with From Heaven Lake, Two Lives contains much autobiography.
An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.
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