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A stirring and profound novel of spiritual quests and emotional exile. 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. Pragmatic Sophie is horrified and disillusioned by the poverty and hardships they encounter; Matteo, a dreamer, sees only the purity of ascetic life. Eventually his personal search leads him away from Sophie and toward the Mother, a charismatic guru.
What these three people discover is at the heart of this masterful novel—that wisdom is found in the journey itself, and not at its destination.
Long after I closed this beautiful book, I watched the iridescent colors change, and change again. Desai writes with intelligence and power. She has a remarkable eye for substance, the things that give life its texture. Anita Desai was born and educated in India. In Custody was filmed by Merchant Ivory Productions. Category: Literary Fiction. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Paperback —. About Journey to Ithaca A stirring and profound novel of spiritual quests and emotional exile.
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Why Anita Desai’s 1995 novel 'Journey to Ithaca' is her very best work
With just the right blend of empathy and intelligence, Desai Baumgartner's Bombay, explores the West's long fascination with Indian spirituality via the story of a European couple who, like so many in the '70s, sought enlightenment in the subcontinent. When Sophie visits her ailing husband, Matteo, in an Indian hospital and begs him to return to Italy to be with her and their two children, Matteo refuses. Determined to prove the Mother a fraud, she travels to Egypt, Europe, and the US, returning to India only to find the truth more troubling and complex than she imagined. Still, Sophie must keep traveling: the Mother is now dead, and Matteo has disappeared A splendidly nuanced evocation, never credulous or dismissive of those impelled to go on pilgrimage: Pilgrim's Progress updated and uprooted, but still as compelling. A touching family drama that effectively explores the negative impact of stress on fragile relationships. A middle-aged woman returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing father, confronting many painful secrets from her past.
JOURNEY TO ITHACA
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Journey to Ithaca
Journey to Ithaca is a story about seeking, the all-consuming urge to go on a pilgrimage, in the hope of finding spiritual realisation; the seeker wanting only a spiritual union with a greater spirit or truth. Another novel, another journey In his boyhood, Matteo is drawn to the spirituality of the East. Frail in health and subject to frequent bullying in school, he is tutored at home. Sophie who accompanies Matteo, is at first dazzled by India, by the flower children, and their lives of easy freedom.
Book Review: Journey to Ithaca, by Anita Desai
Satyajit Ray was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In , he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy Sophie and Matteo are young and in love, sharing a dissatisfaction with their bourgeois Italian upbringing. Naturally, like so many other young Westerners in the sixties and seventies, they go to India.