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The Alchemy of Desire ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☂ The Alchemy of Desire ✎ Author Tarun J. Tejpal – Set against the brilliantly drawn backdrop of India at the turn of the millennium, The Alchemy of Desire tells the story of a young couple, penniless but gloriously in love Obsessed with each other, t Set against the brilliantly drawn backdrop of India at the turn of the millennium, The Alchemy of Desire tells the story of a young couple, penniless but gloriously in love Obsessed with each other, they move from a small town to the big city, where the man, who dreams of being a writer, works feverishly on a novel, stopping only to feed his ceaseless desire for his beautiful wifeA chance occurrence allows the lovers to abandon the city for a The Alchemy Epub / mist shrouded spur of the lower Himalayas and move into a sprawling old house, which they hope will embody their love At first they pursue their deep physical need with a reckless intensity But during renovations of the house, a set of diaries written by the original inhabitant a glamorous American adventuress is unearthed, and the narrator finds himself irresistibly drawn away from his wife and thrust into another world and time, into the hole of history As his life and love fall apart, he slowly begins to uncover the dark secrets at the heart of her story, until the shocking truth is laid bare and all certainties are overturnedInventive, 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 also offers, in searing, lucid prose, a deeply sensual and moving meditation on the nature of desire, history, truth, and art This is a major novel by one of the most significant new voices of his generation.

10 thoughts on “The Alchemy of Desire

  1. Shanmugam Shanmugam says:

    Garbage of Higher Order Sexual extravagance can be employed as a shocking factor, especially in transgressive fictions, case in point Charles Bukowski Just a shocking phenomenon, you can t expect to glue your readers only with that There is so much wetness You might skid on it and damage your cerebellum even before crossing 50 pages, if you are not very careful If you don t get what that wetness is, you aren t perverse enough At the 100th page, you can t wait to get through the motion pun intended.After about 120 pages, a back story starts in 1980s Tarun J Tejpal must have thought, It is not a soft porn, this should represent whole India, North India at the least Let me throw in Punjab insurgency So, we get bloods, guts and all gory things Of course, wetness To Mr Tejpal, chimneys resemble phallus, rhino horn resembles phallus and anything which stands up resembles only one thing Seriously D Another backstory So this time Partition of India it is Not much chance for wetness with characters involved So what do we get from this bold writer A hindu woman crosses border with her money stuffed inside vagina.Yet another backstory More back stories for characters in that back story After 350 pages, the book actually picks up pace and reads like a decent fiction Not just mere wetness, you get flooded at this point Onanism, Sodomism, Mughal Harem, Botanical Tour and Birdwatch thrown in between What do we get then Sushi with a gulp of Sake Yes, Mr.Holmes uncovers a mystery in Rashomon style.Without a doubt, it is a daring, bold, beautiful, intense, sensual and hard hitting fiction Where is the catch then Everything is a little bit too much and you end up with a verbal diarrhea.

  2. Minakshi Minakshi says:

    Soft porn.

  3. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    This is a very well written book with a steady subject at hand My main issue is that it is over 500 pages long, of which 200 pages could ve been cut to get us to the point This book is split up into five sections Karma, Sathya, Kama, etc translated as action, love, money, desire, etc We start with our nameless narrator and his wife, Fizz, at a crux in their marriage after fifteen years For some reason he just doesn t desire her body any as he has constantly for the duration of their relationship The reason is not yet fully explained, but is touched upon in the back cover copy We end the first section with his wife leaving him 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 Then, we re on to our narrator s family history, of their relationship, odd jobs they work to keep themselves afloat, random stories, etc., etc In the Money section we learn he has inherited money from an aunt who disproved of his marrying a Muslim and so they spend recklessly and end up buying a home in Chandigarh On to the next section where the reader FINALLY learns as to what caused the narrator to draw away from his wife He has found than sixty notebooks from an American woman that had inhabited the home and whose soul and perhaps curse inflicts him sexually then through abuse in his dreams causing him to be completely spent by the time he awakes to his beautiful Fizz The next portion is her story as he s been able to decipher it through her journals and here we have even SEX, written tastefully but clearly until we move on to the final section where our narrator realizes he is nothing without Fizz though he has sat for over two years letting these journals consume him His last line is a reversal of the first line in the book realizing that real intimacy is at it s best when love is involved.Like I said, a VERY sexual book I d say 75% has a reference, details, or speaks to intense fornication between the main characters or others, in particular through the American woman s journal when she was in France and her remaining time in India with her lover Tejpal tips to India s history and background in sections that aren t too daunting to read about, but they do tend to shift focus from the main narrative causing one to want to skip I d suggest reading nonetheless as I found myself enthralled by certain chapters, sections, but again think this could ve been condensed to make the story flow and for us not to have to wallow with the protagonist.

  4. Sana Abdulla Sana Abdulla says:

    Utter trash entwined with historical real or fictitious events to give the book a raison d etre, buy alas it is just bad sex all around.just don t.

  5. Rajtilak Bhattacharjee Rajtilak Bhattacharjee says:

    Do you remember Tarun Tejpal The Editor in Chief of the revolutionary newspaper Tehelka Very recently he has published a novel The name of the book is The Alchemy of Desire Last week I bought it from The Starmark on Lord Sinha Road 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 He sets the mood with the powerful starting line which says Love is not the greatest glue between two people Sex is How true Being a person who loves to call himself impulsive, I would still say that emotional bondings attached with physical attraction are much stronger compared to the platonic love of old Hindi flicks And I can say that from my personal experience of being a person who have been in and out of love quite a number of times.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 The man works hard on a novel while caring only about his endless desire for his beautiful wife In time they leave the city and moves to an old house in the Himalayas While renovating their new home the husband discovers a chest full of diaries maintained by the previous owner of the house In those diaries he slowly uncovers a dark secret, a forbidden secret.It a nice buy and is worth every penny And once you start reading it, it s pretty difficult to put it down It is published by Picador India and the cover price is Rs325.

  6. Abhilasha Abhilasha says:

    Love is not the strongest glue between two people, Sex is that s the hard hitting opening line of the book This is the first book written by Tarun Tejpal,and what an amazing piece of work he has come up with New readers might find it hard to digest but I have found it to be a truly great art of work He has written with style and flare of the likes of Salman Rushdie and Naipaul.Its just not about the protagonist s unsatiable desire for his wife but also how that desire gets him through the nuances of life The title of the book is so apt that its unbeatable The writer so beautifully depicts the ageless desire to be so fulfilling that it almost fills every crevice of your life The language and expressions are those used for the highlest level of love, almost devotion.I would suggest it to be a must read

  7. Sameer Rahman Sameer Rahman says:

    I loved this book From the start to the finish From the city to the hill station to the diaries to the sex to an attempt to move on Brilliantly written, loved the language Worth reading for sure.

  8. Sumana Sumana says:

    One of those time pass books The man has a hang up about sex Life for him seems to revolve around it I think he should stick to Tehelka.

  9. Shikhar Shikhar says:

    Reviewed in August 2010The book was good But i waxed too eloquent Also, Slowly, sensually, The Alchemy Of Desire, hypnotizes and serenades the reader into an aesthetic adventure into the realms of the carnal, caressing the erogenous zones of the mind while exploring the crests n troughs of the body The wily alchemist, Tarun J Tejpal, quietly brews his potion, a heady concoction of passion and ambition, and slips it past the reader s throat, taking him, body and soul, to the giddying heights of the Himalayas, up the meandering ribbons of concrete cutting across the green and the brown Every time the body of the protagonist soars in desire, the reader is transfixed, his body in limbo, his mind on wings, climbing the highest peaks, and falling over, time and again.Like an audacious adventurer, Tarun Tejpal delves into the depth of the human spirit, and anatomy, to fathom the nature of human desire, its elements, its alchemy Just like the ancient practitioners of alchemy, he strives for an eternal cure all a panacea for the cravings of the human body and the soul 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.Tarun weaves an enrapturing yarn around a young couple, gloriously in love They are the First Things The naked primordials, who know nothing else but love and desire The central character, a teller of stories, espoused by a passionate listener, his wife, Fizz, fuelling the husband s creative and carnal instincts His desire to be a successful writer is only matched by his desire for her 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 The desire of the protagonist is an entity in itself, a living, breathing multi facetedorganism The reader knows the protagonist through the sinuosity of his desire only Itguides and shapes his life, determining its contours, and being determined by it Itforms the background score of his life, a diminuendo of submission at one time, adominant falsetto of passion at the other An idyllic lilting hum, or drowning it, avicious fortissimo that threatens to obliterate everything in its ascent When writing,he s an enigma for his wife When words fail him, he reaches for her, drowning in herhis incompetence and failure The nakedness of their love takes them to the virginterrain of the Himalayas, where they find an abode to embody their love and passion for each other and the written word.It takes another creature of desire, from an altogether different era to bring his desire to its right denouement As he stumbles upon the diaries of an American adventuress,the organism of his desire takes a violent turn, breaking free of its shackles Pursuingthe treacherous trail of his enigmatic fantasy, his desire for a vulnerable Fizz starts to ebb The vicious fortissimo Bewildered, clueless, searing with hurt and pain that only a lover can inflict her misery is palpable As her world hits a nadir of despair, an air of melancholy envelopes the reader too, demonstrating the writer s hold over the reader But she knew her role 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 This time his musings would last years, the pain would be unbearable there will be no music for long so she went away, only to resurface when he had found the determining inspiration of his life This time the music would not fade away, this time, the regimen would last till the final roll of parchment has been inked As you move close to the ending, it dangerously hints at an almost Bollywood ish kitschy finale, but as it smartly avoids that, realization dawns upon the reader that it was never a prospect The lack of drama can be dissatisfying for some but it is what made me exult and clinched the novel for me One can t help but wonder if the writer has made Fizz s character too weak and the husband too nonchalant, but as you retrospect, you realize its not only an ode to their love but a perfect and befitting closure Instead of relegating her to just an object of his desire, it lifts her character and showcases its inherent sinew, her understanding of her husband and the larger scheme of things, giving her the identity she deserved.The setting is the heart of India in the last quarter of twentieth century a restless era, mirroring the restlessness of the characters shifting between Delhi and the lower Himalayas, the latter representing the elusive station that the characters seek in their lives Tarun Tejpal makes full use of the erudite journalist in him Yes, there are times when the journalist threatens to overpower the writer, but mostly, he deftly intersperses the narrative with his views on the goings on of the time Be it colonial India or the uncertain eighties and nineties, he captures the ethos adroitly The description of the local terrain is breathtaking and brilliant in its accuracy, capturing the minutest details, using the flora and fauna as props to support the narrative.Tarun s words strike an instant chord with every reader, whether its the desire to find your apt station in life, or the naked desire for the love of your life and doubly so if you are a burgeoning writer The portrait of a writer is constructed with the sensitivity of a sculptor capturing the frustrations and the angst Equally sensitive is the handling of women s sexuality He starts with the eternal love versus sex conundrum, but knows they are on the same side The narrative lucid and imaginative, prose in appearance, poetic in effect is one of the strongest points of the novel It flourishes when the narrator explores his relationship with Fizz, but does get a little tedious in the sub story charting the American s life The boldness may take you by surprise initially but the aesthetics are topnotch, lifting it way above the vulgar or the voyeuristic 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 It distinguishes him from the clique of Indian writers spawned by the success of Chetan Bhagat and puts him straight into the league of Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh and V.S Naipaul To sum it up, a highly satisfying and engaging debut novel.Post the Tarun Tejpal fiasco, the site has taken my review downhttp bookrevie

  10. Ashish Chauhan Ashish Chauhan says:

    Read a fiction after a long The last one by an Indian I remember reading was The Inheritance of the Loss I am a slow reader and took me one and a half months to read TP has lived every expectation of the readers, weaving stories upon stories, keeping the reader beautifully glued.

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