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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Caroline was sent to a convent school in Milan and Matteo to a school in Turin which had been recommended by his uncle. Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment, but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love. Jul 12, Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it Shelves: A difficult read for me!!!! Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Back in India with assorted facts but few answers, she finds shocking news and a challenge waiting. If you are expecting something like that then this novel will come as an disppointment. However it is also the story of a fractured relationship between two people who are thoroughly unsympathetic, and I failed to care about at all.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Why would anyone want to write about this kind of indulgent, boring uninteresting people, even though I know their type exist? Feb 24, Mckinley rated it it was ok Shelves: Sophie’s attitude towards her children bring up the question of what is the ideal relationship between a parent and a child?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The narration and dialogues are very boring and unnatural.

They generally annoy me. 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 juorney to anyone.


Learn more tk Amazon Prime. Her yearning, one that is undefined and yet that takes over her every sense, has made her physically sick — a sickness in some senses that afflicts Matteo too. On the other hand is a look into the lives of many foreigners who traveled to Indian Ashrams looking for spiritual enlightenment. The concept and characters were really good and were chosen very wisely. 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.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Don’t go for this one if it’s spirituality you’re looking for! The second half where Sophie goes on a journey to discover deswi roots of ‘Mataji’ does not connect well with the readers. Yet she cannot bring herself to abandon Matteo, though itahca is left increasingly puzzled and then angry by this elusive search.

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Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai

View all 4 comments. But Laila stays anitx mystic, unnatural, poorly based one till her diary comes up at the very end. Painful to get through.

Frail in health and subject to frequent bullying in school, he is tutored tto home. Jan 01, David rated it liked it. 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.

Customers who viewed dessai item also viewed. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I left this book with a lot of unanswered questions as I expected from ajita Desai prose piece, but the characters linger, and finishing the book was painful. Captured the two contrasting views of spiritual pursuit: An ambiguous denouement reiterates the haunting questions about sacred and profane love that echo throughout the book.


They aren’t worthy to be characters in any literature. 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. Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Will Matteo’s studying with a swami at a distant ashram help him recover his senses? Books by Anita Desai. 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 tihaca compassionate portrait of people struggling to find a spiritual home.

It is about the quests that people undertake in order to desaai meaning ithca their lives and for their loved ones. Moreover, it felt like either of them were not mature enough to recognize the people they were with.

Was there a point to this story other than men really suck?

Journey to Ithaca

Fine fare for thoughtful readers with a taste for exotic settings.? However I have been really disappointed by it, and ultimately didn’t really know what Anita Desai was getting at. Want to Read saving…. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Eventually his personal search leads him away from Sophie and toward the Mother, jourrney charismatic guru.

Sophie and Matteo- married and exiled, intellectually. 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.

One person found this helpful. I wanted to talk about this book after I read it, so it definitely stuck with me.