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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Tarun J Tejpal is a journalist, publisher, and novelist. The Alchemy of Desire Tarun J. The story revolves around an impecunious young couple from a small town in India who are madly in love with eachother, move to the big city. From the start to the finish. That it is defined by context and motive. Jun 04, Annu Bararia rated it really liked it. This book portrays all this and so much more. 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.

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. Nabokovian in nature, it comes straight from the firebrand editor of Tehelka, a national weekly paper in India that rocked Indian politics a few years back. But i waxed too eloquent! Moreover, it is a narrative about desire and writing.

The narrative- lucid and imaginative, prose in appearance, poetic in effect- is one of the strongest points of the novel.

The Alchemy of Desire

Inventive, playful, heartbreaking, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire celebrates the chaotic spirit of a country during a time of great change. It’s rarely that I come across a novel where desrie really happens but the main theme is how someone is feeling. The biggest mistake of my life was to decide reading this book.


Hence the couple’s nomadic quest ends with an ancient worn-out country home in the lower Himalayas. Those who wish to find love should learn to walk. My friend described this book as a perfect circle and with that I’d like to conclude my review. Anyway you alcjemy beat me up with your hyperbole detector but here goes- “Finest piece of Indian literature by an Indian novelist, ever”! One person found this helpful. Of course, more wetness!

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Nov 28, Ilan rated it it was amazing. His style of writing, while at times over the top, is very smooth and captures the milieu perfectly. Leaves it puzzling over its own poisoned follicles. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Unless you are a student of literature I would recommend you to skip this one. What I think is the biggest drawback of the book is that it is actually two books, one, a story of a young couple from small town India, madly and obsessively in love, come to the big city, and a sort of coming of age of a marriage and it’s dissolution.

Tarun efficiently captures the spirit and the restlessness of his era, while at the same time, his unnamed protagonist repeatedly fails in his grandiose attempts to capture the same in a novel.

I am still trying to figure out how I feel about this book Tejpal, chimneys resemble phallus, rhino horn resembles phallus and anything which stands up resembles only one thing. We begin the next section with their relationship in its better moments, his struggling life as a writer, their struggling for money as he finds the great novel within him, Indian history. Heavy with ambition, Tejpal’s debut will please readers looking for an Indian Rosy Crucifixion. Without even knowing the name of the man I followed more than a week, pages and pages on, I felt I’ve never met someone who treated life and nature with so much care and affinity.

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The title of the book is so apt that its unbeatable. Jul 29, Sumana rated it did not like it. I was interested in reading how the book lead to that conclusion.

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The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Tejpal

Such is the scale and ambition of this book, I’d never be able to do justice and come out with a deserving review but it has so much going for it; vivid characterizations, a lovely haunting backdrop, a non-linear narrative, insight on our carnal activities and boy, can this man spin an elegant line or two about stuff that goes on in the bedroom! New readers might find it hard to digest but I have found it to be a truly great art of work.

It’s about praising the gods of reason. His other allchemy is better Get to Know Us. O also offers, in searing, lucid prose, a deeply sensual and moving meditation on the tarrun of desire, history, truth, and art.

Thanks for giving me such a great time.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Aug 26, Nishant Bhagat rated it it was ok. The house is to be a symbol of their love, but things begin to rapidly fall apart. And doing is life. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. They need to tell stories to each o This is a highly satisfying read. In The Guardian named him among the 20 who constitute India’s new elite.

The novel taryn traces a very novel-like progression, which might explain Naipaul’s enthusiasm, of the narrator’s perception of desire.

The name of the book is The Alchemy of Desire. Once set up in the mountain cabin, the narrator finds 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. desird

Quotes from The Alchemy of De Pankaj Mishra has said, “It sets new and dauntingly high standards for Indian writing in English”, while Altaf Tyrewala has called it “an instant classic”.