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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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Get to Know Us. Ended with loose strings. Interesting, thoughtful story about seeking, and sometimes finding, set in europe and india. Unfortunately, I’m thoroughly disappointed.

Every time I felt excited ab I picked up this one expecting a lot, since I’d heard quite good things about Anita Desai. The unexpected, some would say unresolved, ending was a surprise. Dec 01, Pages. 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.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Matteo’s search as much as Laila’s seemed a lost cause. Vowing to unmask the Mother’s true identity, she then sets off to Alexandria.

Sophie and Matteo- married and exiled, intellectually. It serves as a critique on idol-worship, human-fallibility,clouded reasoning through illogical devotion towards another mortal. But it’s still a nice, quick read. It is just 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

Sophie — German, practical, worldly — is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth. Jan 01, David rated it liked it. Share your thoughts with other customers.

After giving birth to jurney son and a daughter, both of whom she raises in the ashram, Sophie flees with her children to her in-laws’ Italian villa.


This is something Journney have felt very often- where you are unable to ever have a conversation with a person because you think on different planes. Every time I felt excited about what would happen next, it would just get slower with sad outcomes.

Sophie – German, practical, worldly – is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth.

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

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. 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.

Desai does a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of the seeker, the hypocrisy of those who prey upon them, the disappointment and destruction that seeking can bring, the relief of finding one’s true teacher, and the escstasy of meeting god. In Bombay they met Pierre Eduard who took them to an elderly woman who performed a few tricks as a form of worship to the glory of Shiva. The quest leads Sophie along strange roads to even stranger characters in Egypt, France, Italy, and the United States.

The main drawback to the book I feel is its pace. Books by Anita Desai. I’m not sure whether it’s due to my high expectations or if it’s just not my kind of book. Personally I found it intriguing. In India, together they visit swamis, gurus, ashrams – always searching. After that Matteo came up with the idea that they replicate the journey which a famous saint had undertaken on foot to a shrine where he obtained enlightenment.

Enduring concerns In her Booker shortlisted Fasting, FeastingDesai continues with her concerns relating to tradition and the expectations that rest on the individual: Eventually his personal search leads him away from Sophie and toward the Mother, a charismatic guru. The opposite-mentality characters were well brought out and so was the setting of India from the viewpoint of a Westerner, with the magic and the mysticism very prominent.


The person who recommended this to me was sure I would really like it.

Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai. Seeking answers in spirituality When they are part of a long pilgrimage procession, Sophie encounters a fellow pilgrim, a mother with her ailing, barely deai child. Sep 28, Histteach24 rated it it was ok. Having recently been reminded of my previous liking for Anita Desai when I read ‘Clear light of Day’ I pounced on this one while at the library with the school children that I work with.

Matteo and Sophie join the s flight of young Europeans to India.

India was the first place where she felt peace and perfection in ithcaa – something her previous life in other countries did not have to offer her. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The book is ultimately about devotion-of the Mother towards her beliefs;of Matteo towards the Mother and of Sophie towards her love for Matteo. She just goes ahead and proves me wrong every single time! Aug 15, Prathyush Parasuraman rated it it was amazing.

Now, it’s more stale and overthoughtout whatever thats a word.

View all 4 comments. Desai Baumgartner’s Bombay magically evokes the collision and melding of cultures and ideas as she maps the hazards and rewards of spiritual quest.

One that I would recommend as a good read!

Detailed description of India and the ones who traveled there to find enlightenment, and don’t.