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An Equal Music: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    An enjoyable read.

    I read and enjoyed both The Golden Gate and A Suitable Boy, two past works of fiction by Vikram Seth. His latest novel, An Equal Music, resembles The Golden Gate in its sometimes wistful tone and focus on detail. I think the description of chamber music rehearsals and concerts would be particularly enjoyable for people who are trained in classical music, and I certainly learned a great deal in this respect. The story itself is enjoyable to read--not an unusual situation at first, in that a close relationship between two students is struck up again later in their lives. However, the twists and turns the story takes are sometimes surprising, are emotional, and described with crafted writing by Seth. For those looking for a substantial book to read and think about for a while, this is a good one. It is not best appreciated in a casual read--although that will be sufficient to follow the dramatic aspects of the story. For me, the writing and characters most resembled those in The Golden Gate, although that was written entirely in verse. This is not a casual airplane read--read it over a couple of days to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    Portrait of a Man

    A nostalgic lament by a love struck, middle aged violinist coping with the remorse of his abandonment of the woman he left ten years earlier. Vikram Seth did a wonderful job creating a character with whom you are both able to sympathize and learn from his plight. I felt sorry for Michael and frequently thought to myself, 'get on with your life!' I really enjoyed reading the tale of how differently the two main characters dealt with the situation they faced years earlier and how disparately it continued to shape their lives in the present. A book worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Beautiful writing

    The only warning I'd give on this truly beautiful novel is that even someone who thinks he or she is familiar with chamber music might find it difficult to relate to some of the works discussed. I finally relinquished all pretension to understanding the works involved and merely accepted the narrator's points of view or comments so I could stop worrying about unfamiliar details. I found the book breathtaking in its scope and understanding of a musical life, the neuroses and frailties, and the often desperate attempts to try and make sense of the details in a career that deeply involves visceral response as well as a fundamental talent and involvement in practice. The commitment to individual response both in career and emotion is sometimes almost impossible to accept let alone admire, but I came away truly astonished by this man's work. I felt much the same way about his earlier 'A Suitable Boy,' but this work is as removed from that novel's context as possible. The man is a unique storyteller and his talent is quite breathtaking.

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