Who could ever forget the “A Suitable Boy” that was more than enough to fit into any adjectives which could have described the grandeur of this masterpiece? A novel which was quite novel in nature but gigantic when it comes to word counts. Published by Orion Publishing Group (United Kingdom) it was one of the longest novels of its time touching almost 600 thousand words with a page count of 1368. It was not only its’ word count but also a gigantic advance of £2, 50,000 made it a headline during the release of the book. The candid masterpiece was not only an instant bestseller but also enriched Mr. Vikram Seth with various accolades.
Contrary to the prequel, the sequel; “A Suitable Girl” since it’s announcement in 2009 has found itself being in a central state for mishappenings rather than suitable. If the prequel cost eight years of the author’s life, he tried to make it a reality in half of the time of the original as it was expected to hit the stands in 2013. As expected it was reported that he was paid a seven-digit sum (£1.1 Million) for his sequel then but after that, the game of expectations and surprises started.
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Firstly he fell in delicate negotiations with Penguin Publishers in 2013 after failing to deliver the manuscript in time and then it was reported that the Orion Publishing stepped back into the game to save the agonized author. Then there was news that the epic saga is going to unravel in 2016. After a lot of endless speculations and rumors, Mr. Seth himself revealed the reason for this unusual delay in 2015.
The poetic heart of Mr. Seth couldn’t get over with the grief of separation from his beloved; Philippe Honore and suffered from Writer’s Block (A condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years) which compelled him to once again drift the date to 2017.
Now at the midway of 2018, it can be expected that the “A Suitable Girl” will finally be placed suitably in the bookstores at the tail end of 2018 and the long-awaited wait of the readers would be over.