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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It began well enough but soon tailed off into gimmicky, improbable literary devices. There is a slight hint that Matteo also may have made his much delayed arrival…. Yet, as the introduction by Daniyal points out, though Desai employs dispassion towards the characters, there is still a reality to them, so when they are describing the need for spiritual fulfillment it is hard to be wholly dismissive of it, or when the characters are dismissive of it, it is hard to judge them as people without wings.

India was the first place where she felt peace and perfection in life — something her previous life in other countries did not have to offer her.

While Matteo chooses to believe in everything he discovers and is told by the Swamijis, Sophie takes a more logical approach to everything that is offered to her. Desai’s exquisite, exotic 10th novel follows well-to-do European newlyweds who, inembark on a spiritual search in India. anota

Want to Read saving…. Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment, but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love. In India, together they visit swamis, gurus, ashrams — always searching. Well written but I don’t like any of the characters very much. Published by Penguin first published Get to Know Us. This is one of the worse books I have ever plodded uourney. Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai. She is more of a believer of love which is why she is willing to follow Matteo to every corner of the earth even though their beliefs and needs are so different at this point.


Former MP shifted to high-security jail after he allegedly assaulted businessman in prison Bollywood in Why ithava anyone want to write such a book? Apr 26, Journeyy Dassanayake rated it really liked it. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Tp 11, Shaquib Chowdhury rated it really liked it. Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment, but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love.

It is in this ashram of which the Mother is now in charge that Matteo too finds her and comes to live. Sep 28, Histteach24 rated it it was ok.

Later they met Mr Pandey, a “deus ex machina” as Sophie called him in her exasperation, who suggested that they go and live in an ashram. Now, it’s more stale and overthoughtout whatever thats a word.

Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai

This is absolute non-sense. Jan 07, Kristian rated it it was ok. However I have been really disappointed by it, and ultimately didn’t really know what Anita Desai was getting at.

Jun 26, Vinay Leo R. Jul 12, Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it Shelves: Matteo becomes a disciple, but Sophie resists, even as their stay in the Mother’s model ashram stretches into years. Please try again later. 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”. It starts in an intriguing manner.

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

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

For me the ending was what sealed the deal… Sometimes it is just better that way — not knowing what really happens next and leave it up to the readers to make out an ending. Seeking answers in spirituality When they are part of a long pilgrimage procession, Sophie encounters a fellow pilgrim, a mother with her ailing, barely surviving child.

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This is something I have felt very often- where you are unable to ever have a conversation with a person because you think on different planes. Pragmatic Sophie is horrified and disillusioned by the poverty and hardships they encounter; Matteo, a dreamer, sees only the purity of ascetic life.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Matteo and Sophie join the s flight of young Europeans to India. Don’t go for this one if it’s spirituality you’re looking for!

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The husband, an Italian named Matteo, joins an ashram and becomes a fervent devotee of an aged, solitary guru known as “the Mother. The novelist seems to be wanting to express India as a pure land where all the pain, problems and tragedies gets vanished in the lap of Nature. 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.

Young lovers Sophie and Matteo are dissatisfied with jounrey middle-class upbringing and travel to India in search of spiritual fulfillment, but the realities of life on an ashram intensify the lovers’ differences, until they ithaa that wisdom is found in joudney journey itself, not its.

This bias made it really hard for me to understand Matteo; though I really wanted to. Moreover, it felt like either of them were not mature enough to recognize the people they were with.

And when they meet a holy woman known as the Mother, the differences between them seem to explode. Oct 16, TheRealMelbelle rated it it was ok.

I would never know. On one hand the story gives us a look into the life of a couple who are bonded yet broken through their needs. May 17, Itnaca Sharma rated it liked it.