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The Alchemy of Desire

The Alchemy of Desire

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Contributor(s) Tarun J. Tejpal
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Overview: The Alchemy of Desire

The 'The Alchemy of Desire' is a fictional tale about a married couple and their relationship. This couple explores love and sexual desire, and it grows stronger and stronger as the story proceeds. Written by Tarun J. Tejpal, the novel has been translated into a number of languages. It has also won the Le Prix Mille Pages award and got nominated for France's Prix Femina.

Plot Of The Story

The husband is a prolific writer who is struggling to complete his first breakthrough novel. The only reason he gets out of his writing mode is when he has to appease his wife. They both are passionate about their love, especially sex. Their obsession for each other is too strong and thus they buy a forsaken cottage to celebrate their love and make the cottage a symbol of their desire for each other. They restore the cottage on the foothills of the Himalayas. As the husband gets his hands on repairing the cottage, he finds a diary that belongs to the previous owner. The owner happens to be a prolific American author by the name Catherine. She is glamorous by looks and intense by her intelligence. He starts reading the diary, and he gets engrossed by the life story and the affairs that Catherine has had. The passion and devotion has drawn the husband to the world of Catherine. This sudden change in his preference has a profound impact on his relationship with his wife. As he develops his desire to be with Catherine, someone he has never met, the story gives rise to various turns and unexpected events.

About The Author

Tarun J. Tejpal is the editor-in-chief of Tehelka, and an eminent journalist and writer. He has three novels to his credit, two of them are 'Story of my Assassins' and 'The Valley of Masks'. The Business Week has also listed him on 'India's 50 Most Powerful People' in 2009. You can order online for the paperback edition of the book published by Picador with the ISBN-10 number of 0330435558 and the ISBN-13 number of 9780330435550.

Product Features

A fictional tale about a married couple and their relationship

Winner of Le Prix Mille Pages award

Written by Tarun J. Tejpal, chief editor of Tehelka

A couple exploring their love and sexual desire

Nominated for France's Prix Femina

Features: The Alchemy of Desire

  • Fiction
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date February 3, 2006
Publisher Picador
Contributor(s) Tarun J. Tejpal
Binding Paperback
Page Count 518
ISBN 10 0330435558
ISBN 13 0000330435558
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 3.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 20.3 cm
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  1.  Exceeded my expectations 10 April, 2013 On
    For a long time I had been wanting to read Tarun Tejpal given his association with Tehelka. And it turned out to be worth the wait. The Alchemy of Desire is a wonderfully written book, definitely one of the better ones I have read from an Indian author. It has layers and layers of stories within a relatively simple plot. Tarun uses a combination of honest stating and uncommon metaphors to bring alive people and places across different generations. Parts of it touch you in an eerie way, exposing your own insecurities and indulgences. This book also made me realize something special about books written by Indian and set in India – you can connect so much better to the places and emotions being described. As this book traveled through Delhi, Chandigrah, Kasauli and Nainital, I could recall the sights, smells and sounds being described. This feels beautiful. And it is rare, because often Indian authors write books set in a different era, in a foreign land. There is only one thing about the book that I found immensely irritating. Whenever the author writes about sex, he does so in strange euphemisms and that too over long paras. Its excruciating to go through those parts of the book. I wish he had shown this the same irreverence and matter-of-fact approach he has taken to rest of the book. Some time back I had come across an articles about an international award for worst description of sex in a literary novel and I think this book should have been a contended for it! Still, overall this is a great book and I am sure to now go ahead and pick up Tarun’s next book (The Story of My Assassins) as well.
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  2.  love is the greatest glue between two 6 April, 2013 On
    Tarun tejpal has really made a tehelka in my mind when i read the first line of the book " Love is not the greatest glue between two" . This book will take you to a journey of a person through sex and will end up in love . Nice story & worth a read !!
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