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Description

The award-winning BBC Radio 4 adamptation of Vikram Seth's masterpiece.

Shortlisted for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, 1993.
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 1994.
Winner of the WH Smith Literary Award, 1994.

A Suitable Boy is Vikram Seth's epic love story set in India. Funny and tragic, with engaging, brilliantly observed characters, it is as close as you can get to Dickens for the twentieth century.

The story unfolds through four middle class families - the Mehras, Kappoors, Khans and Chatterjis. Lata Mehra, a university student, is under pressure from her mother to get married. But not to just anyone she happens to fall in love with. There are standards to be met and finding a husband for Lata becomes a family affair in which all the members are to play a part. The characters struggle, they try to buck the system, to break free of restraint, of interference - but ultimately their strength and sense of being comes from their family and friends. It is a celebration of ordinariness; a beautifully composed story that is an affirmation of family and friendship.

In his sweeping epic, Vikram Seth has created an entire world filled with warmth, humour, pathos, tragedy - in short, life. Recorded on location in India, A Suitable Boy is made by the production team behind the award-winning Bleak House and The Handmaid's Tale.

2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the first publication of this classic story.

Dramatised and directed by John Dryden. A Goldhawk Production.

(P)2002, 2003 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critiques

"The drama highlight of the year... this sumptuous production, wonderfully atmospheric, written with pace and performed, by an all-Indian cast, quite superbly. The novel may be vast but I was convinced by this version right from the start. Magnificent drama." ( Radio Times)

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J'ai vraiment aimé écouté ce livre audio. Les acteurs sont très bons et l'histoire très intéressante.

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  • Devi
  • 10/05/2008

A wonderful drama

I read this book as a teenager after it was nominated for the Booker prize. This book is one of my all time favourites but is enormous and took me a few months to finish. This adaptation greatly shortens the original but really captures the story of Lata and her journey to finding a husband. The actors and actresses were all excellent and I thoroughly recommend this audiodrama.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Tamshine
  • 07/07/2011

would prefer unabridged naration

It is my own fault because I didn't know what dramatized meant, but it turns out I don't like that format. I would MUCH prefer the actual book being READ. I don't like the background sound effects. I will probably come back to this one at some point, after I have run out of other things to listen to, but I personally MUCH prefer actual reading of the unabridged book. I wish I had not purchased this now, as I will ultimately need to buy it again as a BOOK. but again, my own fault.

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  • Veena
  • 09/10/2008

Excellent Dramatization

I never expected to find an audiobook so interesting. With the clear play of music at the appropriate times, listening to the audiobook is as refreshing as reading the book, and we hardly ever miss out on any part.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Vandana
  • 29/06/2009

Short, but good charectors

The charectors were all very well potrayed. The version is too short however to encapsulate vikram seths original book which is very thick. The build up to charectors hence is too short to enjoy the story and the chapters change rather abruptly and sometimes hard to follow.

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  • Althea
  • 10/03/2009

Not my cup of tea...

As a radio play it felt more like listening to the soundtrack of a film (of course, without being able to see what's going on.) From listening to a lot of radioplays, I found that the best ones have scripts written specifically for radio... it felt like this one didn't. And I don't know but I feel like I've heard this kind of story a hundred times before. Not my cup of tea. I get the feeling I'd enjoy reading the book more.

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  • Daljeet
  • 21/06/2012

Took me to a familiar place of nostalgic past :)

Where does A Suitable Boy (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 30 of my Favorite books

What did you like best about this story?

Sarita and Lata's mothers character...Very well portrayed.

What about Full Cast’s performance did you like?

Their enunciation and amazing grasp on their characters.

If you could rename A Suitable Boy (Dramatised), what would you call it?

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  • Teresa
  • 16/12/2012

what an annoying radio drama

Would you try another book from Vikram Seth and/or Full Cast?

I was really looking forward to this great read. One of Seth's greatest talents is the way he talks about music. The producers of this drama decided to include the music he talks about, mixed way too loud, rather than include the descriptions of the music. If you try to listen to this in a car it is nearly impossible to make out the dialogue. This might be fine with headphones but I found it quite annoying.

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  • Judy
  • 17/08/2008

A Suitable Boy

I could not listen to it. When I downloaded, I didn't realize it was a PERFORMANCE. I don't mind listening to more than one narrator, but I'm put off by a performance of a play when I want to hear the book as if I were reading it. My rating is not based on content, as I only listen for a short time. I didn't like the format.

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  • DiptiHalade
  • 09/06/2018

Good beginning ... great middle .... unimpressive end!

The novel is written in nicely with incredible conversations. All characters performed good. Felt like watching a movie. Beginning was nice which takes to very high pick middle that makes listeners feel very excited to know the ending but unfortunately the ending dies not feel like complete end. Which takes the overall score drastically down.
The whole novel carry 4 n half hrs the subject of finding suitable boy n at the end the wedding described only in 2 min conversation which is really weak way of representing. Also it seemed like it was not complete ... it left readers with all sorts of questions regarding other family members.
Also it ends with the main character being unhappy at the end.

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  • Arya
  • 28/04/2018

still getting over the unexpected ending

I am still going through all my emotions to understand how the book ended. from beg to the end...a beautiful story, with all ups and downs of being family and guilt associated with trying to choose your own path and what ones family requires them to do!