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 Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Tejpal

After about pages, a back story starts in s. Unfortunately, he tends to ramble too much and is weak on plot and story-telling. The reason I chose this novel to read, apart from its captivating title, is that one of traun Goodreads friends has read it also. Religion is the disciplinarian fantasy of a schoolmaster. The nakedness of their love takes them to the virgin terrain of the Himalayas, where they find an abode to embody their love and passion- for each other and the written word.

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Everything is a little bit too much and you end up with a verbal diarrhea. But this is surely not my cup of tea. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It a nice buy and is worth every penny And once you start reading it, it’s pretty difficult to put it down. If you want to crack tehpal open, and I encourage you to, please think of it as two books.

The Alchemy of Desire

Fiction Deaire Naipaul reviews. The book is full of appeal to people who like to visualize the details they read. For some reason he just doesn’t desire her body anymore as he has constantly for the duration of their This is a very well written book with a steady subject at hand. There can be no merit in forgoing the not known.

Learning to keep in step; the opportunity to express little concerns — alarm, caution, the touch on the elbow; the blood running in the veins; the sense of movement and shared goal; the sense of just being two amid the swirl; and above all the ability to talk expansively in the open air without the anxiety of each other’s gaze and close scrutiny.


I honestly did not know what to make of this book. These forms the sections and essence of Tarun Tejpal’s first deisre work. Mar 10, Ashish Chauhan rated it it was amazing. At the same time his innumerable euphemisms regarding the essential parts of the body involved in the various couplings that he ceaselessly talks about suggests a certain prudishness toward the very subject he wants to tackle head on.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Tejpal succeeds in revealing undertones of every character including the narrator but leaves him without a name, a new different stroke indeed. From this initial obsession, the novel treks through the narrator’s attempts at writing different novels and his life as a journalist in Delhi, until it reaches the source of its dramatic tension on page with the discovery of a cache of diaries written by Catherine, a glamorous American adventuress and the previous owner of the house the couple have bought in a hill station.

Jun 04, Annu Bararia rated tejpao really liked it.

It is in this shifting space of uncertitude that men become men. What Naipaul’s statement does is raise the question: Lists with This Book. His prose goes a long way towards capturing the hedonism and playfulness desiire desire – which few writers can successfully weave into their novels. It understands the world is powered by desire. Are the pages of this novel thick enough to bear this burden? Read more Read less. The couple endures genteel but joyful poverty until an unexpected inheritance allows them to purchase a country home in the Himalayas.

Tejpal excels in turning his hand to fiction making it an ambitious work by and large, only if the ambition was discreet by and large.

The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun Tejpal

Slowly he begins to uncover dark secrets and finds himself all alone engulfed by the remains of his life without the presence of his one and only Taarun. Such is the scale and ambition of this book, I’d never be able to do justice and come out with a deserving review but it has so mu Is it his real-life sexual misdemeanors that have caused some people to lazily label this book as “soft porn”?!


His use of the English language is astonishing and quite wonderful. In The Guardian named him among aochemy 20 who constitute India’s new elite. Dfsire J Tejpal is a journalist, publisher, and novelist.

It’s about praising the gods of reason. Anyway you can beat me up with your hyperbole detector but here goes- “Finest piece of Indian literature by an Indian novelist, ever”!

teupal 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.

Love was harsh, beautiful and most of the times too close for comfort. Soon he is alone, surrounded by the debris of his life and great love, confronting his unwritten magnum opus and the darkness that is threatening to swamp him. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And that desire is an unknowable thing. Obsessed with each other, they move wlchemy 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 beaut 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.

I deire like him, but I loved her.