"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An Atlas of Impossible Longing

I recently finished reading this little gem of a book:

I love the vibrancy of eastern culture and this book definitely brought India to life. Roy is such a poetic author, too. Some of my favorite themes in this book were:
  • The analogy of the house (and family) drowning then recovering as the water recedes
  • A need for a secret, quiet place where people can think, escape, dream, and rest
  • Tradition vs. following one's heart
  • Parenthood: presence, absence, focus, adoption
  • Religion: puja, Partition, Muslim and Hindu
  • Speaking freely: the parrot, Kananbala, Larissa Barnum
  • Love: parent to child, forbidden, marriage
  • Gardening and nature
Have you ever read this book or any books by Roy? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought!

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