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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Rarely have words been so beautifully strung together- some of the most beautiful metaphors and imagery have been employed here. They have travelled to India to seeking spiritual enlightenment. Get to Know Us. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A truly rich, beautiful, and compelling story that makes the reader loathe to put the book down.

Desai’s exquisite, exotic 10th novel follows well-to-do European newlyweds who, inembark on a spiritual search in India. Just a moment while we sign you in to lthaca Goodreads account. I’m not sure whether it’s due to my high expectations or if it’s just not my jorney of book. Showing of 8 reviews.

On the other hand is a look into the lives of many foreigners who traveled to Indian Ashrams looking for spiritual enlightenment. He bargains with his patrons over the littlest of things, is demanding of favours and privileges, and is not averse to making the other female dancers jealous simply to get his own way.

Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment, but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love. Anita Desai is a brilliant writer but this novel is not her best. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is full of rambling prose, and uninteresting characters, in a very boring, uneventful plot.

Jan 01, David rated it liked it. So well written at parts, but I got halfway through and realized that no one in it was getting any more likable. Young and in love, Sophie and Matteo share a dissatisfaction with their bourgeois upbringing and a yearning for spiritual fulfillment that brings them, like so many others, to India.


Feb 08, Anushree rated it it was joutney Recommends it for: To see joruney your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Yet she cannot bring herself to abandon Matteo, though she is left increasingly puzzled and then angry by this elusive search.

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

When I read about the early s when we had the west leaking into the east in search of spiritual enlightenment it guts me, because it is so ridiculous and convenient- to house a notion of something that cannot be explained, proved, or intellectually discussed.

In telling what happens to Matteo and Sophie and the mother, Anita Desai gives us a novel of great richness, an extraordinary vision of a country, and a compassionate portrait of people struggling to find a spiritual home.

Sophie — German, practical, worldly — is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I don’t remember much of this book but the setting was haunting and the idea of seeking spiritualism was inspiring and groundbreaking. However Matteo performed very poorly: The individuals in the three novellas who make up this collection nurture their creativity in different ways — whether it is in setting up a museum of randomly collected objects, being a little known writer in a regional language, or even creating a secret garden — in the hope of finding happiness, one that does not have to be explained to anyone.

Whenever his father talked to him about a career in banking or in the family silk business, Matteo would simply smile faintly. Jun 26, Vinay Leo R. Another novel, another journey In his boyhood, Matteo is drawn to the spirituality of the East.

It is an answer of some kind. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Long after I closed this beautiful book, I watched the iridescent colors change, and change journeyy. Matteo’s search as much as Laila’s seemed a lost cause.


It is somewhat akin to what Sophie had also understood about Laila. 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. As Matteo increasingly withdraws from a previously passionate marriage, Sophie vows to destroy her husband’s spiritual obsession.

Jan 11, Jodi rated it liked it. A lot of time the book was very boring and going nowhere in the name of spirituality. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It’s wholly self imposed and there is no reconciling with it- as far as I know.

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

One person found this helpful. Here are some of my personal thoughts on the themes. In her first novel since the widely praised Baumgartner’s Bombay, Anita Desai brilliantly evokes spiritual India in all its endless complexity, and examines the nature of pilgrimage through the aspirations and adventures of three superbly realized characters.

Can you be “spiritually enlightened” and yet feel earthly emotions of jealousy?

The unexpected, some would say unresolved, ending was a surprise. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Whilst Sophie remained unimpressed with what ihhaca called “party tricks”, Matteo on the other hand was quite transfixed by what he had seen. Why would anyone want to write such a book? ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Dec 27, LeeLee rated it liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sophie and Matteo’s two beautiful children are almost awash in their pursuit.