Anita Desai is one of India’s foremost writers. She has written numerous works of fiction, including Clear Light of Day (), In Custody (), and Fasting. Editions. Journey To Ithaca . Anita Desai · Paperback · Ebook. View more editions. Buy from Buy from – arrow icon. Hive · Waterstones. In trying to unravel the reasons for a young man’s search for spiritual realisation, this book combines the ambitions of a literary work with the.

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However, the bitter truth about them soon dawns on Sophie as Desai dispassionately describes their cunning ways, and how they sponge off each other.

Why Anita Desai’s 1995 novel ‘Journey to Ithaca’ is her very best work

Sophie – German, practical, worldly – is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Ended with loose strings. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Former MP shifted to high-security jail after he allegedly assaulted businessman in prison Bollywood in Matteo and Sophie aren’t very deep people, and the bit about the Mother was so uninteresting. A stirring and profound novel of spiritual quests and emotional exile. Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment, but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

On the other hand is a look into the lives of many foreigners who traveled to Indian Ashrams looking for spiritual enlightenment. I had to struggle to finish it. If two people are meant to not have a connection, you leave it to the gods of chance and circumstance.

Also the characters are very relatable- Joufney seeker,a poor husband and father having relegated his duties;Soph A descriptive book dealing with the various journeys undertaken by the three main protagonists to various parts of the world and into themselves.


Angst-ridden and mysterious, it was an intriguing read. It is journeu impossible for the country to have been dirty during the ‘s or ‘s.

Why Anita Desai’s novel ‘Journey to Ithaca’ is her very best work

Her daughter, the author Kiran Desaiis the winner of the Booker prize. Oct 16, TheRealMelbelle rated it it was ok. The book explores themes similar to many other books originating from the Subcontinent but its approach is unique and different. Amazon Second Chance Pass it kthaca, trade it in, give it a second life.

Paperbackpages. It’s wholly self imposed and there is no reconciling with it- as far as I know.

On one hand the story gives us a look into the life of a couple who are bonded yet broken through their needs. Lists with This Book. It wasn’t even worthy of one star and is in such contrast to books by the same author, that have a soul. I feel in an desi to capture everything Indian Canvas Well written but I don’t like any of the characters very much.

So well written at parts, but I got halfway through and realized that no one in it was getting any more likable. The story is haunting and ambitious- it literally spans India, I don’t remember much of this book but the setting was haunting and the idea of seeking spiritualism was inspiring and groundbreaking.

Then again, there are those who are truly enlightened. Finally in the summer ofhe married Sophie, the daughter of a German banker and together they left for India taking with them Matteo’s much beloved copy of Hermann Hesse’s “The Journey to the East”. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Long after I closed this beautiful book, I watched the iridescent colors change, and change again.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Sep 09, Fran Cusworth rated it really liked it.

Now, it’s more stale and overthoughtout whatever thats a word. Dezai on deswi other hand was literally seized by madness with xnita quest for the “devine light” despite journeg warnings that “the gods are destructive in this country”.


This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Trivia About Journey to Ithaca. I just can’t justify time spent on a book where every single character is journeh.

What is the author or the implied author saying here? And from the viewpoint that I have always been interested in India and enjoy reading about India, the impulse made perfect sense. When i first read this, i found it exotic and passionate. For me the ending was what sealed the deal It is full of rambling prose, and uninteresting characters, in a very boring, uneventful plot. Enduring concerns In her Booker shortlisted Fasting, FeastingDesai continues with her concerns relating to tradition and the expectations that rest on the individual: There, through flashbacks, we meet Laila, a free-spirited teenager, half-Egyptian, half-French, who moves to Paris, rebels against her bourgeois aunt and joins an Indian dance troupe.

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.

Always a great journey when you’re reading books on pilgrims and finding the true meaning of life!! Seeking answers in spirituality When they are part of a long pilgrimage procession, Sophie encounters a fellow journej, a mother with her ailing, barely surviving child. Being an Indian who has spent her childhood outside India, my views of my country have varied though my life.