Sexual attraction between a nameless narrator and his wife, Fizz, provides the through line of this sweeping epic by journalist and editor Tejpal. Written from within the skin of India, The Alchemy of Desire is a novel quite unlike any other, with a power and weight of feeling one almost never encounters in. In turn-of-the-millennium India, a penniless would-be writer halts work on his novel only to feed his ceaseless desire for his beautiful wife. Then a chance.
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This is a major novel by one of the most significant new voices of his generation. They need to tell stories to each o This is a highly satisfying read. About the Author Tarun Tejpal has enjoyed a year career as a highly influential senior journalist and publisher. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, edsire engage customers. The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Each word in this book is fitted in like alcehmy precious gem.
You’ll be much better prepared for it I got fatigued toward the end. While it has ov that is admirable, it also contains much that appears repetitive and incidental.
This book was a huge disappointment.
There are some parts which are very good but most of the prose is boring. Write a customer review. He should definitely change his editor. The couple endures genteel but joyful poverty until an unexpected inheritance allows them to purchase a country home in the Himalayas. The oft-distracted narrator is trying, with minimal success, to write the Great Indian Novel, and his search for inspiration other than that offered by the luscious Fizz is the impetus for decamping to the city and the Himalayas.
While renovating their new home the husband discovers a chest full of diaries maintained by the previous owner of the house. Nov 28, Ilan rated it it was amazing.
Leaves it puzzling over its own poisoned follicles. From the vivid details of the history, landscape and the peoples of India to the angst of literary craftmanship experienced by the narrator, the story is, or rather the multiplicity of stories are, captivating.
How one desire can be the death of another, all painted against the changing world of a new Alcnemy. Aug 17, Roopal rated it really liked it. With the amalgamation of tehpal and present there are lot of characters that instead of providing a clear picture, leaves it a little unclear. It’s about praising the gods of irrationality. The book is full of appeal to people who like to visualize aldhemy details they read.
These flowing lines rattle into a mundane list of “demons” and grind to a halt with the bland statement: The young, poor couple travel from a quiet town to New Delhi, then to a remote corner of the Himalayas, in pursuit of art and sex.
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Well written, engaging literary style would be the key plus. Get to Know Us. An idyllic lilting hum, or drowning it, a vicious fortissimo that threatens to obliterate everything in its ascent.
Set against the brilliantly drawn backdrop of India at the turn of the millennium, The Alchemy of Desire tells the story of a young couple, penniless but gloriously in love. What do we get then.
For some reason he just doesn’t desire her body anymore as he has constantly dewire the duration of their relationship. Please try again later. The explicit sexuality is perhaps unusual for novels from India and definitely unusual if it’s slightly over done, which is the case here. May your efforts continue to be touched by magic.
Aug 24, Amar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Or shall I conjecture that he had in fact attempted other unsatisfactory novels which were destroyed, in the same way that the protagonist offered his inferior manuscripts to the elements fire, water, etc. TP has lived every expectation of the readers, weaving stories upon stories, keeping the reader beautifully glued.
The Alchemy of Desire
Sep 27, Shikhar rated it liked it. More back stories for characters in that back story. The book ends in a whimper and you w This is surely one of the most difficult reviews I have had to write in the recent past. Aug 26, Nishant Bhagat rated it it desiire ok. The title of the book is so apt that its unbeatable.
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The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun Tejpal
It was really a book containing soft aochemy with a little touch on homosexuality too but overall this book is a cocktail of sexual acts with various partners from the past the lead character finds some diaries on details of sexual acts and present of himself and partner. Life for him seems to revolve around it. Slowly he begins to uncover dark secrets, until startling truths are laid bare and all certainties are overturned.
I’d suggest reading nonetheless as I found myself enthralled by certain chapters, sections, but again think this could’ve been condensed to make the story flow and for us not to have to wallow with the protagonist. May it be that those kind of novels are amongst my favourites. Sexual attraction between a nameless narrator and his wife, Fizz, provides the through line of this sweeping epic by journalist and editor Tejpal.
Anyway you can beat me up with your hyperbole detector but here goes- “Finest piece of Indian literature by an Indian novelist, ever”!