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May 6, 1990 | MARGO KAUFMAN
All you who sleep tonight Far from the ones you love No hand to left or right, And emptiness above-- Know that you aren't alone, The whole world shares your tears, Some for two nights or one, And some for all their years. Did Vikram Seth write the "Note About the Author" that ends "All You Who Sleep Tonight" (Alfred A. Knopf: $18.95; 66 pp.)? It has some of the concision and simplicity of his verse, opening: "Vikram Seth was trained as an economist.
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November 6, 2005 | Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
VIKRAM SETH -- whose surname, when properly pronounced, rhymes with the title of his glorious 1986 novel in verse, "The Golden Gate" -- is a phenomenally protean, some might even say restless, author. He has tackled a different culture or genre in every book he's written. "Two Lives," a dual biography of beloved relatives, goes a long way toward explaining how he comes by his cosmopolitanism.
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July 10, 1994
One fine morning two small mice, Much against their friend's advice, Visited a room where grain Undisturbed for months had lain. Other mice had entered; none Lived to eat and tell--not one. But the two friends, unpoliced, Broke in and began to feast; And their laughter fell and rose, Till their blood with horror froze.
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May 30, 1999 | JONATHAN LEVI
Here's the challenge: Take one concert hall (Carnegie, say, capacity 2,804), one symphony orchestra (the Cleveland, 100 players, plus or minus, including conductor, say, George Szell).
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April 6, 1986 | X. J. Kennedy, Kennedy garnered a 1985 Los Angeles Times Book Award for his "Cross Ties: Selected Poems."
Ordinarily, when a book inspires a great prepublication brouhaha, who should care? As a rule, wise readers will let the noise flow in one ear and out the other, like tattle about the girlhood of Lady Macbeth. Still, a serious commotion in the air has preceded "The Golden Gate." For all I know, it just might presage a literary storm. Already, Gore Vidal, a writer not given to gush, has dubbed the book "the great California novel." Another tough-minded critic, D. J.
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November 6, 2005 | Heller McAlpin, Heller McAlpin is a regular contributor to Book Review and other publications.
VIKRAM SETH -- whose surname, when properly pronounced, rhymes with the title of his glorious 1986 novel in verse, "The Golden Gate" -- is a phenomenally protean, some might even say restless, author. He has tackled a different culture or genre in every book he's written. "Two Lives," a dual biography of beloved relatives, goes a long way toward explaining how he comes by his cosmopolitanism.
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May 23, 1993 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle is currently finishing a book on the spice trade for Simon & Schuster
It is no wonder that when Vikram Seth finished writing the rather simple story of Mrs. Rupa Mehra's search for a suitable boy to marry her lovely young daughter, Lata, he had produced a novel over 1,300 pages long. The author, you see, left nothing out.
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June 8, 1986 | JACQUES LESLIE, Jacques Leslie, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is a writer based in Northern California
That customarily curmudgeonly man of letters, Gore Vidal, asserts on the dust jacket of Vikram Seth's "The Golden Gate" that the book is "the Great California Novel." A New York Times review called the book "a splendid achievement," describing it as "a thoroughly Californian novel, peopled by unmistakably Californian characters." One reviewer, X. J.
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May 6, 1993 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vikram Seth bursts into the offices of his British publisher. He is late, disheveled, apologetic, sickly, hoarse and in need of black coffee-- "strong, with lots of sugar." Just back from a photo shoot, the celebrated Indian writer has this interview before racing across London for a book signing at Harrods,lunch with bookstore executives and more publicity appearances. He'll catch the evening train to Cambridge, where he'll read from his new novel, "A Suitable Boy."
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May 4, 1986
In my review of "The Golden Gate" (The Book Review, April 6), I quoted Vikram Seth on babies: Some think them cuddly, cute, and curvative. Keep them, I say. Good luck to you; No doubt you used to be one too. The Times printed: Some think them cuddly, cute, and curvative. Keep them, I say. Good luck to you; No doubt you need to be one too. The integrity of Seth's text aside, this is the last thing your readers need. X. J. KENNEDY Bedford, Mass.
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July 10, 1994
One fine morning two small mice, Much against their friend's advice, Visited a room where grain Undisturbed for months had lain. Other mice had entered; none Lived to eat and tell--not one. But the two friends, unpoliced, Broke in and began to feast; And their laughter fell and rose, Till their blood with horror froze.
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May 23, 1993 | Schuyler Ingle, Ingle is currently finishing a book on the spice trade for Simon & Schuster
It is no wonder that when Vikram Seth finished writing the rather simple story of Mrs. Rupa Mehra's search for a suitable boy to marry her lovely young daughter, Lata, he had produced a novel over 1,300 pages long. The author, you see, left nothing out.
NEWS
May 6, 1993 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vikram Seth bursts into the offices of his British publisher. He is late, disheveled, apologetic, sickly, hoarse and in need of black coffee-- "strong, with lots of sugar." Just back from a photo shoot, the celebrated Indian writer has this interview before racing across London for a book signing at Harrods,lunch with bookstore executives and more publicity appearances. He'll catch the evening train to Cambridge, where he'll read from his new novel, "A Suitable Boy."
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May 6, 1990 | MARGO KAUFMAN
All you who sleep tonight Far from the ones you love No hand to left or right, And emptiness above-- Know that you aren't alone, The whole world shares your tears, Some for two nights or one, And some for all their years. Did Vikram Seth write the "Note About the Author" that ends "All You Who Sleep Tonight" (Alfred A. Knopf: $18.95; 66 pp.)? It has some of the concision and simplicity of his verse, opening: "Vikram Seth was trained as an economist.
MAGAZINE
June 8, 1986 | JACQUES LESLIE, Jacques Leslie, a former Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent, is a writer based in Northern California
That customarily curmudgeonly man of letters, Gore Vidal, asserts on the dust jacket of Vikram Seth's "The Golden Gate" that the book is "the Great California Novel." A New York Times review called the book "a splendid achievement," describing it as "a thoroughly Californian novel, peopled by unmistakably Californian characters." One reviewer, X. J.
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May 4, 1986
In my review of "The Golden Gate" (The Book Review, April 6), I quoted Vikram Seth on babies: Some think them cuddly, cute, and curvative. Keep them, I say. Good luck to you; No doubt you used to be one too. The Times printed: Some think them cuddly, cute, and curvative. Keep them, I say. Good luck to you; No doubt you need to be one too. The integrity of Seth's text aside, this is the last thing your readers need. X. J. KENNEDY Bedford, Mass.
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May 30, 1999 | JONATHAN LEVI
Here's the challenge: Take one concert hall (Carnegie, say, capacity 2,804), one symphony orchestra (the Cleveland, 100 players, plus or minus, including conductor, say, George Szell).
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April 6, 1986 | X. J. Kennedy, Kennedy garnered a 1985 Los Angeles Times Book Award for his "Cross Ties: Selected Poems."
Ordinarily, when a book inspires a great prepublication brouhaha, who should care? As a rule, wise readers will let the noise flow in one ear and out the other, like tattle about the girlhood of Lady Macbeth. Still, a serious commotion in the air has preceded "The Golden Gate." For all I know, it just might presage a literary storm. Already, Gore Vidal, a writer not given to gush, has dubbed the book "the great California novel." Another tough-minded critic, D. J.
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