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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In the end, though, I didn’t like or admire any of the characters in any way, so I think that kept me at a distance.
Aug 08, Jan Beach rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Laila, however, is determined to go to India. Dec 01, Pages Buy.
Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai
At some point of time i was not sure what was the point of the story 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. I don’t like any of the characters. Naturally Anita Desai’s writing is beautiful, extremely evocative of time and place.
It starts in an intriguing manner. Matteo and Sophie travel to India where he searches for spiritual enlightenment while she sulks in boredom and disdain.
Why Anita Desai’s 1995 novel ‘Journey to Ithaca’ is her very best work
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The Mother’s jealousy, disease induced jourmey, rejected of God led her away from the dance troupe to the moment on the mountaintop where she felt she had received what she was looking for. The concept and characters were really good and were chosen very wisely.
I can’t believe I actually finished it. Feb 08, Anushree rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Refresh and try again.
Matteo’s search as much as Laila’s seemed a lost cause. Unfortunately, I’m thoroughly disappointed.
May 11, Shaquib Chowdhury rated it really liked it. After giving birth to a son and a daughter, both of whom she raises in the ashram, Sophie flees with her children to her in-laws’ Italian villa. It’s wholly self imposed and there is no reconciling with it- as kourney as I know.
It serves as a critique on idol-worship, human-fallibility,clouded reasoning through illogical devotion towards another mortal. I wasn’t sure what the point of the plot was exactly.
I am no sinner. The story closes with excerpts from Laila’s India diary and with Sophie’s confrontation with the wizened, aged Krishna, whom she tracks down in Bombay.
Journey to Ithaca
We are experiencing technical difficulties. But that took nothing away from the journey. So well written at parts, but I got halfway through and realized that no one in it was getting any more likable. Vijayalakshmi rated it really liked it Oct 31, In a novel about the journey’s people take to find contentment or some sort of enlightenment, there are times when it almost feels like a non funny satire on the westerners that travelled to the Ashrams of Iyhaca during the 70’s.
I expected a spiritual journey for the reader along with its characters but this one seems to be going nowhere. In her first novel since the widely praised Baumgartner’s Jojrney, 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.
Ithacx have travelled to India to seeking spiritual enlightenment. Will Matteo and Sophie go through this adventure together and recover their love?