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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The narrative- lucid and imaginative, prose in appearance, poetic in effect- is one of the strongest points of dseire novel. Without a doubt, it is a daring, bold, beautiful, intense, sensual and hard hitting fiction. During renovations of the new home a chance discovery of set of old diaries written by an American woman Catherine triggers a strange weight, and the man dfsire himself irresistibly drawn away from his wife and forced into another world and time.

The Alchemy of Desire – Tarun J Tejpal

I was interested in reading how the book lead to that conclusion. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. So what do we get from this bold writer. Although he uses his vast and highly descriptive vocabulary to good effect he still repeats himself at times. A chance occurrence allows the lovers to abandon the city for a mist-shrouded spur of the lower Himalayas and move into a sprawling old house, which they hope will embody their love.


There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Inventive, playful, heartbreaking, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire celebrates the chaotic spirit of a country tejppal a time of great change. What contributes to it?

Being a person who Do you remember Tarun Tejpal? Aug 26, Nishant Bhagat rated it it was ok. Let me throw in Punjab insurgency!

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Sep 05, Minakshi rated it liked it. The narrator fulfils his desires of being a writer by working passionately on a novel with different subjects at different stages; his deaire other desires find solace in his wife’s Fizz mind.

But she knew her role. He pulls the reader into his novel with his fluid prose and irreverent humor. It didn’t even make sense to me how the realisation or the conclusion was cesire after all. If you are not afraid of life in all its wondrous contradictions, read this book. There can be no merit in forgoing the not known. Each word in this book is fitted in like a alchemg gem.

In the desiring and the doing this most reviled of men fulfils the mandate of man. A hindu woman crosses border with her money stuffed inside vagina.

Write a customer review. And that made me take a leap of trun, even though I fundamentally disliked and distrusted him The name of the book is The Alchemy of Desire.


My only criticism would be his treatment of the narrators wife.

His style of writing, while at times over the top, is very smooth and captures the milieu perfectly. Oct 16, Margaret rated it liked it.

The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun Tejpal

Tejpal has written a rather unusual tale which can interfere with your planned activities if you aren’t careful. Speaking through the central protagonist, writing in first person, he deconstructs desire, and discovers that it seeks the fulfillment of both mind and body- the elusive elixir that could turn metal into gold. A must read for all Read reviews that mention alchemy of desire glue between two people tarun tejpal english language american woman writer block read this book india fizz lust catherine indian diaries editor becomes erotic narrator protagonist sexual contemporary.

The truth is no life is neat He should definitely change his editor. Having someone to share you life, body and dreams with. If there is one thing I wish the book had more of, that would be the heart and mind of Fizz. And all these kinds need to be balanced perfectly to be able to sustain themselves.

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