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Title:Journey to Ithaca
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Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0140258183
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Number of Pages:336
Category:Fiction, India, Literature, Indian literature, Novels, Philosophy

Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Journey to Ithaca Matteo and Sophie join the s flight of young Europeans to India Matteo Italian raised in the luscious countryside around Lake Como restless since childhood has been introduced by a tutor to Hermann Hesse s The Journey to the East and it opens in him a desperate longing Sophie German practical worldly is willing to follow him to the ends of the earth In India together they visit swamis gurus ashrams always searching Matteo is seeking spiritual enlightenment but for Sophie fulfillment lies in earthly love And when they meet a holy woman known as the Mother the differences between them seem to explode When we learn the Mother s story we see it as an earlier version of their own the story of a young girl growing up in Cairo and finding her way East by joining a troupe of Indian dancers she has met in Europe Her journey a young woman s daring progress through Paris and Venice and New York until she finds her moment of transcendence in India comments on and gives added breadth to the young couple s quest

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