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This is an auction for THE GOLDEN GATE, by Vikram Seth.

"While the idea of a novel in verse may be initially off-putting, readers of this tour de force are in for a treat. Using the sonnet form throughout, and varying his language from lyrical elegance to vernacular, Seth's tale of four California yuppies is as fully dimensional as a good novel, and twice as diverting. In this witty, compressed style, he gives us fully delineated characters:

* John, a Silicon Valley executive seeking solace in a meaningful amatory relationship;

* his friend and ex-lover Janet, an artist and musician in a raucous rock band;

* Liz, a vivacious Stanford law grad whose parents produce superior California wine;

* her brother Ed, floundering between sin and religion;

* and John's pal Phil, abandoned by his wife and left with his son, his moral vision and his scientific career at Lungless Labs, a scene of antinuclear protests and rallies.

"It is an engaging story of the pangs and passions of love, interlaced with serious ruminations on homosexuality and religion and on the future of the earth in the atomic age; and some comic sallies on feline behavior, bumper stickers, responses to "personals" ads, and other facets of the contemporary scene as refracted through the California lifestyle. Inspired by "the marvelous swift meter of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin," Seth performs imaginative acrobatic jests, quips and puns, delivering his social commentary with spirit and verve. The experiment is a resounding success."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 1987.

307 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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