Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Review: An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
Title: An Atlas Of Impossible Longing
Author: Anuradha Roy
Format: Print and E-Book
Found at: Free Press(Simon and Schuster.com) and Amazon
An Atlas of Impossible Longing is a hauntingly beautiful story about a family in India. The author explores love and loss through the years of this family and the longing of hearts separated by class and circumstance. I was taken into the caste system of India and the author showed regardless of feelings, status had to be maintained. It was so easy to get lost in the pace of the book and the author wove the story in such a way that you could actually feel as if you were in India viewing the story.
This is a beautifully written book and the love story of Mukunda and Bakul will touch you deep in your heart. To know they were kept apart because of their Mukunda's unknown caste was heartbreaking and to see how their lives unfolded was tragic, in a sense, and you can't help but want them to find each other again but you realize that their circumstances will keep them apart. Other family members live with longings and regrets and you can't help be become drawn into the family story, one member at a time.
This makes a wonderful rainy day read. Curl up with a cup of tea, a blanket and get lost in India for the afternoon.
*This book was a pre-release copy from Free Press. The review is my own honest opinion.*