An Equal Music - First Edition cover
May all our fiction selections this year be as satisfying as An Equal Music! Eight of us enjoyed reading and discussing it, avidly offering our responses to Vikram Seth’s long excursus into the arcane world of chamber music and its dedicated practitioners.
Sunil, Mathew, Esther, Priya, KumKum reading Julia's letter
We learnt about book-cricket and wondered which Eden we would now be inhabiting had Adam been born with a snake-eating habit. Aphorisms and allusions fill this novel with verbal riches.
Priya reads about Billy the cellist making expansive gestures on the open string
There is the mandatory Onegin stanza at the head of every novel by Vikram Seth, this one dedicated to his (former) lover Philippe Honoré. A discussion with him on a walk, standing on a bridge over the Serpentine, started VS off on his novel. He writes:
Our story lit with borrowed powers
Rather, by what our spirits burned,
Embered in words, to us returned.
Thommo signing the Association of Parties articles making KRG a legal entity
The epigraph by Donne, reminds us of what qualities Paradise will have – among them
no noise nor silence, but one equal music
KumKum, Gopa, Thommo, Sunil, Mathew
How wonderful to experience that here and now on this earth!
Esther, Gopa, KumKum, Thommo, Mathew, Sunil, Joe (Priya left early)
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