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Book Review - Journey to Ithaca

Updated on January 15, 2016

I just finished reading Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai. The story for the most part revolves around Matteo and Sophie, a European couple traveling to India in search of Spiritual enlightenment. The writing is beautiful and almost takes you to the scenes. The torrid lanes of Mumbai to the peaceful Himalayas, the filthy conditions of the cities to the pristine clean ashrams have been so aptly portrayed that it seems you are watching a film. While reading the book you realize that India is the only country where one can find God in a piece of stone. The whole world is intoxicated with the charms of materialism and ego, but India still maintains the balance. The spiritual side of the weighing scale is still capable of supporting peaceful co-existence.

The story in the middle was turning to be a drag but as soon as Laila was introduced into the story, the interest rose again. The story of Laila got me hooked on to the book and made me turn one page after another, wanting to know more about her. Her story is inspirational, painful and emotional at the same time. It is a story of never ending hope and of one that teaches us to move ahead from the past and have faith in a better future.

The ending was a little incomplete. I personally enjoy closure in a story. I prefer the author closing the story for me rather than leaving it to my imagination. It left a void but all in all it was a good read! I recommend you to get a copy, if you enjoy high-quality writing and are ready for a little soul searching!

Is it that in some brighter sphere
We part from friends we meet with here?
Or do we see the Future pass
Over the Present's dusky glass?
Or what is that that makes us seem
To patch up fragments of a dream,
Part of which comes true, and part
Beats and trembles in the heart?

The One remains, the many change and pass;
Heaven's light forever shines, Earth's shadows fly;
Life, like a dome of many-colored glass,
Stains the white radiance of Eternity,
Until Death tramples it to fragments.


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