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Title:Journey to Ithaca
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Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0140258183
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Fiction, India, Literature, Indian literature, Novels, Philosophy

Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Journey to Ithaca Matteo and Sophie join the s flight of young Europeans to India Matteo Italian raised in the luscious countryside around Lake Como restless since childhood has been introduced by a tutor to Hermann Hesse s The Journey to the East and it opens in him a desperate longing Sophie German practical worldly is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth In India together they visit swamis gurus ashrams always searching Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love And when they meet a holy woman known as the Mother the differences between them seem to explode When we learn the Mother s story we see it as an earlier version of their own the story of a young girl growing up in Cairo and finding her way East by joining a troupe of Indian dancers she has met in Europe Her journey a young woman s daring progress through Paris and Venice and New York until she finds her moment of transcendence in India comments on and gives added breadth to the young couple s quest

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In Custody, Clear Light of Day, Baumgartner's Bombay, The Artist of Disappearance, Fasting, Feasting, Diamond Dust: Stories, Fire on the Mountain, Journey to Ithaca, The Village by the Sea, The Zigzag Way
A classic from one of India s greatest writers with a stunning new cover in water colour br br Gone are the days when Nanda Kaul watched over her family and played the part of Vice Chancellor s wife Leaving her children behind in the real world the busier world she has chosen to spend her last years alone in the mountains in Kasauli in a secluded bungalow called Carignano br br Until one summer her great granddaughter Raka is dispatched to Kasauli and everything changes Nanda is at first dismayed at this break in her preciously acquired solitude Fiercely taciturn Raka is like her quite untamed The girl prefers the company of apricot trees and animals to her great grandmother s and spends her afternoons rambling over the mountainside But the two are more alike than they know Throughout the hot long summer Nanda s old hidden dependencies and wounds come to the surface ending inevitably in tragedy br br Marvellous yet restrained Fire on the Mountain speaks of the past and its unshakable hold over the present, A wonderful novel in two parts moving from the heart of a close knit Indian household with its restrictions and prejuices its noisy warmth and sensual appreciation of food to the cool centre of an American family with its freedom and strangely self denying attitudes to eating In both it is ultimately the women who suffer whether paradoxically from a surfeit of feasting and family life in India or from self denial and starvation in the US or both Uma the plain older daughter still lives at home frustrated in her attempts to escape and make a life for herself Her Indian family is difficult demanding but mostly good hearted Despite her disappointments Uma comes through as the survivor avoiding an unfulfilling marriage liek her sister s or a suicidal one like that arranged for her pretty cousin And in America where young Arun goes as a student men in the suburbs char hunks of bleeding meat while the women don t appear to cook or eat at all seems bewildering and terriying to the young Indian adolescent far from home, A triptych of beautifully crafted novellas make up Anita Desai s exquisite new book Set in modern India but where history still casts a long shadow the stories move beyond the cities to places still haunted by the past and to characters who are each in their own way masters of self effacement br br In The Museum of Final Journeys an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures each sent home by the absent itinerant master As he is taken through the estate wondering whether to save these precious relics he reaches the final greatest gift of all looming out of the shadows br br In Translator Translated middle aged Prema meets her successful publisher friend Tara at a school reunion Tara hires her as a translator but Prema buoyed by her work and the sense of purpose it brings begins deliberately to blur the line between writer and translator and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements br br The final story is of Ravi living hermit like in the burnt out shell of his family home high up in the Himalayan mountains He cultivates not only silence and solitude but a secret hidden away in the woods concealed from sight When a film crew from Delhi intrude upon his seclusion it compels him to withdraw even further until he magically and elusively disappears br br Rich and evocative remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling these stories remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre eminent writer, Upon the recent publication of Fasting Feasting critics raved about Anita Desai Desai is more than smart she s an undeniable genius Washington Post Book World The Wall Street Journal called Fasting Feasting poignant penetrating a splendid novel while the Boston Globe celebrated Desai s beautiful literary universe Now in this richly diverse collection Desai trains her luminous spotlight on private universes stretching from India to New England from Cornwall to Mexico Skillfully navigating the fault lines between social obligation and personal loyalties the men and women in these nine tales set out on journeys that suddenly go beyond the pale or surprisingly lead them back to where they started from In the mischievous title story a beloved dog brings nothing but disaster to his obsessed master in other tales old friendships and family ties stir up buried feelings demanding either renewed commitment or escape And in the final exquisite story a young woman discovers a new kind of freedom in Delhi s rooftop community br With her trademark perceptiveness delicacy of language and sharp wit Salman Rushdie in full evidence here Anita Desai once again gloriously confirms that she is India s finest writer in English Independent