did you guys listen to the interview with vikram seth on forum? he speaks well and although i am not sure, as i have mentioned before, that his later works have been any good, he sounded like a decent person.
i thought 'golden gate' was an absolute masterpiece. i found 'suitable boy' extremely tedious. i wasted an entire christmas holiday reading it and then i wondered why i had bothered. the characters were uninteresting, even the dusky, adulterous bengali woman (was it kakoli?), although the shoe guy was not bad. the cricket player, the decadent nawabi types, the courtesan: all were bizarre characters.
now that i have heard seth talking about his uncle santi and aunt henny, they seem like strange characters as well. henny seems to have been a racist (although she was a jew whose family were put to death by racist nazis): she never once went to india even though she was married to shanti for some fifty years.
here's what someone else said about seth:
>I was browsing Seth's latest book "Two Lives" at
>Borders tonight. It is about his uncle Shanti and
>his (Shanti's) German wife Henny, and part Seth's
>personal memoir. My initial impressions from
>the rapid browsing are - Shanti & Henny are boring
>people. Seth imagines that he is purveying some
>deeper statement about human nature in the
>context of intercultural relationships, the loneliness
>that comes with being away from India etc. Seth's
>writing is clear; but it is not inspired as far as I
>could tell. Why he thinks his memoir would be
>interesting to people is a mystery he sheds no