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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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It guides and shapes qlchemy life, determining its contours, and being determined by it. Every time the mellifluous jangle of Brother-the typewriter-announced a new inspiration, she receded into the shadows, drowning herself in its music, only to surface to give him his rewards, whenever his regimen allowed, or to be his solace, whenever the music faded.

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But the great moral thriller also orders us to rage against karma and its despotic dictates. Sep 05, Minakshi rated it liked it. If you want to crack it open, and I encourage you to, please think of it as two books.

But then he goes on, as Naipaul’s narrator would not. I’d alcnemy to read this book on Kindle Desite have a Kindle? He sketches out the protagonist very well – and the smaller side characters are very amusing and at times touching.

I knew that more than anyone else it is lovers who need the gift of the story. A brutally sensual tale of love, lust, perversion, despair, and inevitable emotional collapse. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It also offers, in desirf, lucid prose, a deeply sensual tsjpal moving meditation on the nature of desire, tejpa, truth, and art. Well written, engaging literary style would be the key plus. It took me a while to finish alcheemy this book since most pages were – well, brimming with desire.


They need to tell stories to each other continually to keep themselves from disappearing. I would not mind saying that it is a nice fiction inspite of the fact that I have not finished even half of it yet. Bewildered, clueless, searing with hurt and pain that only a lover can inflict- her misery is palpable. As always, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Indian cities, villages and country side. His editor should however, have done a better job and tried to tone down the instances where he gets carried away he is clearly very impressed with his own style.

The novel’s initial lines “Love is not the greatest glue between two people. Hardcoverpages.

He should definitely change his editor. This house was built by an American adventuress, Catherine, whose journals — found during renovations — detail a series of intense relationships sexual and otherwise with and between various Indian men, including a prince. Once set up in the mountain cabin, the narrator taarun a long-abandoned stack of diaries and becomes absorbed by them, so much so that their content, about a Chicago woman’s journey to India, takes over the book.

I am being a bit generous and giving 4 stars 3. He has written for a number of international publications, including the Paris Reviewthe Guardianthe Financial Times and Prospect magazine. The very first paragraph. It gives men the chance to be splendid. Mar 11, Jyoti Narang rated it it was amazing.

My friend described this book as a perfect circle and with that I’d like to conclude my review. Jun 04, Annu Bararia rated it really liked it. Be it colonial India or the uncertain eighties and nineties, he captures the ethos adroitly. This is a highly satisfying read.

The truth is no life is neat Or desire for itself.

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Of course, more wetness! What can you expect from a book that starts with “Love is not the glue between two people. It’s what keeps them together, the foundation of their dseire, until, all of a sudden one morning, he wakes up and doesn’t want her. Quick-paced and inventive, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire celebrates the chaotic spirit of India at a alcnemy of great change. Another aspect of Tejpal’s art that might have appealed to Alcjemy is his narrator’s capacity to make magisterial statements.


Sexual extravagance can be employed as a shocking factor, especially in transgressive fictions, case in point Charles Bukowski.

The Alchemy of Desire is not only about love. After about pages, a back story starts in s. And it does get repetitive despite the author’s desire pun not intended to paint it in all shades, shapes, and species.

The Alchemy of Desire

It takes another creature of desire, from an altogether different era to bring his xlchemy to its right denouement. Please try to ignore the cover of the Ecco edition, it does not reflect the scope of the book at all.

Tarun J Tejpal’s The Alchemy of Desire would have been significant even without this endorsement, as it is written by a major contemporary editor and publisher, a person who, as the publicity material puts it, is “famous in India” for his uncompromising journalism.

Garbage of Alche,y Order! Tejpal drives home the message that desire and love are not the same – desire holds the relationship together, love doesn’t.

Jul 29, Sumana rated it did not like it. Doubt-ridden architects of some small part of their lives. Discover what to read next.