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Alchemy of Desire

Contributor(s) Tarun Tejpal
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A passionate story of obsession, seduction, betrayal and loss set against the brilliantly drawn backdrop of India at the turn of the millennium. Quick-paced and inventive, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire celebrates the chaotic spirit of India at a time of great change. It also offers, in searing, lucid prose, a deeply sensual and moving account of the complex chemistry between sex, ambition and love. This is a major novel by one of the most significant new voices of his generation. A bold and weighty first novel . . . sex is practically a character in its own right here, endlessly examined in all its luscious, experimental glory . . . A memorable and impressive debut8217 Sunday Times 8216Throughout, it reveals Tejpal8217s eye for characterisation and description8217 Guardian 8216The passion in the novel is deeply organic to the characters and the narrative. As an attempt to compel readers to look at desire without the crippling impulse of shame and hypocrisy, it works beautifully8217 Independent 8216Throughout the novel, Tejpals sensuous language produces moments of breathtaking beauty, and he displays a poets joy in catching the feel, odour and appearance of the living world8217 Big Issue About The Author: Tarun J Tejpal has been a journalist for 22 years. He is the editor of Tehelka, A national weekly paper. In 2002 Businessweek declared him among the fifty leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and two daughters. SPECIFICATIONS OF ALCHEMY OF DESIRE (PAPERBACK) Title:Alchemy of Desire Author:Tarun Tejpal ISBN-10:0330435558 ISBN-13:9780330435550 Language:English Binding:Paperback Publisher:Panmacmillan Publishing Year:31-07-06 Number of Pages:528
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Publication Date January 1, 2012
Publisher Panmacmillan
Contributor(s) Tarun Tejpal
Binding Paperback
ISBN 10 0330435558
ISBN 13 9780330435550
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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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