"Philip Peters" <[log in to unmask] quoth:
>The book by Vikram Seth sort of describe the functioning of a string
>quartet in credible terms but as a novel it's actually quite bad IMO (as
>was his earlier one in which Indian music plays a role). If you wish to
>read good literature I wouldn't try Mr.Seth's works.
What is it that makes it bad literature? He tells a credible story
about a musician that is very well researched. He develops his characters
well, gives them interesting, realistic and real-life personalities,
and his hero is as believable as they come. He not only "describe" the
functioning of a string quartet, he gives quite an insight into the
workings around personality types and repertoire decisions and rehearsal
techniques. This is pretty good literary craftsmanship if you ask me.