Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Book Review--"A Suitable Boy"

I just finished a fantastic novel, by Vikram Seth, entitled, "A Suitable Boy." This book is not for the light reader; it is nearly 2,000 pages and involves a lot of detailed politics of the newly democratic India. However, for those who enjoy learning new things from their novels, or love novels that take the time to fully develop a whole cast of characters, this book will enchant.

"A Suitable Boy" is a generational story that takes place in India shortly after the death of Gandhi. It closely tracks the lives of several extended families who are joined together through love, honor, friendship, politics, history, and marriage. Vikram Seth delves into the minds of his heroines with an accurate intimacy and poignancy that is rare. His heroes have flaws and strengths, and before long, all of the characters in the novel begin to feel like members of your own family.

The main thread of the novel belongs to Lata Mehra. She is a college student whose mother has decided that it is time for her to marry. Her life touches the lives of nearly all of the other characters in the book. But the quest for a suitable boy for Lata is only one of the stories that unfolds. Another is the story of friendship between two families of diametrically opposing views, or the story of a young man's maturation, or the tales of love lost, of religious freedoms and tolerance, of the political evolution of one of the largest democratic countries in the world, and of every day life in India in the late 1950s.

I highly recommend reading this book. I felt lost and saddened when I came to the end of it, because I had gotten so used to spending time with the Mehras, Chattergis, and Kapoors every day, and suddenly, this relationship is at an end. So pick it up at your local book shop--you'll be glad you did. You can tell Lata and Mahn than I miss them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Welcome to my blog!

My name is Erin Wiedemer. I am a freelance writer and editor (check out my website here) who is always looking for new challenges and opportunities. I'm a blog neophyte, but I'm enjoying the learning experience.

This blog will be my creative outlet. I plan to post drafts of short fiction, information pieces on writing and editing, book reviews, and short bits on anything that motivates me. Hopefully, you will all offer me your opinions and constructive criticisms on my writing. I want this blog to be a place of entertainment and learning for all of us. I plan to post about once a week, so keep checking on me to see what's new.

Tootles for now :)