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The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Tejpal
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The Alchemy of Desire (edition 2006)

by Tarun J. Tejpal

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Title:The Alchemy of Desire
Authors:Tarun J. Tejpal
Info:Ecco (2006), Hardcover, 528 pages
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A fairly entertaining second half makes you wonder why you read the first half at all!!The first half aims to titillate but fails poorly while the second half does a surprisingly good job at redeeming the book. 10 dispensable pages is acceptable, over 150 is not. ( )
  Avishek.Sahu | Apr 19, 2018 |
A blend of short stories with elements of romance,sex,betrayal and suspense(That never solves).The sudden end made this book a "3 starer". ( )
  Pankaj.Kumar | Dec 20, 2013 |
There is lots of good material here! I really enjoyed the characters and descriptions and there is great insight on India. I wish the story had been tighter. There are two very separate storylines and the second appears more than 250 pages into the book. The switch is very sudden. In my opinion it would have been a smoother read if the stories alternated by chapter somehow or if the book were much shorter. ( )
  suniru | Apr 26, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006088858X, Paperback)

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 occurrence moves the lovers to a sprawling old house in a mist-shrouded spur of the lower Himalayas, where a set of diaries written by a glamorous American adventuress is uncovered during renovations. Her words irresistibly draw the writer away from his beloved, thrusting him through the hole of history into another world and time, revealing dark secrets and overturning all certainties.

Inventive, playful, heartbreaking, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, The Alchemy of Desire is a major literary work by one of the most significant new voices of a generation.

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SUMMARY: The story of seven lively and naughty children who live with their father and young stepmother in a house on the banks of the Parramatta River in the 1890s.

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