The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

A Novel in Verse

Book - 1991
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"The great California novel been written, in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy."--Gore Vidal

One of the most highly regarded novels of 1986, Vikram Seth's story in verse made him a literary household name in both the United States and India.

John Brown, a successful yuppie living in 1980s San Francisco meets a romantic interest in Liz, after placing a personal ad in the newspaper. From this interaction, John meets a variety of characters, each with their own values and ideas of "self-actualization." However, Liz begins to fall in love with John's best friend, and John realizes his journey of self-discovery has only just begun.

"A splendid achievement, equally convincing in its exhilaration and its sadness."-- The New York Times

"Seth pulls off his feat with spirit, grace and great energy."-- The New Yorker

"A marvelous work . . . bold and splendid . . . Locate this book and allow yourself to become caught up, like a kite, in the lifting effects of Seth's sonnets."-- Washington Post Book World
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1991, c1986
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679734574
Call Number: F SETH VIK 1991
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 21 cm


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Our April 2016 selection was Vikram Seth's remarkable novel in verse, The Golden Gate. Inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Seth’s charming and moving tale relates the joys and sorrows of four young professionals looking for love and friendship in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s.

Written fully in verse, this witty novel, set in the 80's, is about a group of Californian twenty somethings.

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Feb 23, 2016

A fun and entertaining novel in verse. In content, somewhat similar to "Tales of the City," the struggles and romantic adventures of college-educated people in the City. After the first chapter, you will completely forget it is in verse, except when the language become heightened poetic in its descriptions of the evanescent beauty of the City.


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