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Is Mira Nair’s BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy the epic we need right now?

Jonny Diamond

July 13, 2020, 12:57pm

Probably, yes. Back when I had time to read for many hours a day I devoured Seth’s 1,300-page, 1993 epic of love, class, politics, and just about everything else, all of it set against post-partition India’s roiling transition from colonial raj to independent nation(s) (much of the action takes place in Calcutta).

A Suitable Boy is basically a gripping, multi-generational soap opera and I am very much looking forward to placing myself in the hands of director Mira Nair, and getting lost in its Tolstoyan sweep! The six-part series debuts on July 26th, but until then, here’s the trailer:

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