An Atlas of Impossible Longing

An Atlas of Impossible Longing

Book - 2011
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Overview: Already a sensation around the world: family life meets historical romance in an astonishing novel about two people who find each other when abandoned by everyone else, marking the signal American debut of a writer who richly deserves her international acclaim. On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden. As Mukunda and Bakul grow, their intense closeness matures into something else, and Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost-and he knows that he must return.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781451608625
Branch Call Number: ROY A
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 05, 2013

Beautifully written exploration of love, longing, and desire over three generations. Ultimately unsatisfying, as desire often is.

May 24, 2012

Roy's prose is simply incredible and her characters unflinchingly human. Reminiscent of Hemingway's East of Eden (but thankfully, not as dark).

May 01, 2012

Bengali story of a family. VERY happy ending. Quite well written, but does anyone really live in this world?


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