An Atlas of Impossible Longing is an award winning novel by Anuradha Roy and it tells the story of a Bengali family living in rural West Bengal in the per-Independence era. There are lots of stories in this book, but the latter half of the book is dedicated to the relationships between Mukunda an orphan of unknown birth adopted into the family and the rest of the family especially Bakul, the motherless grand daughter of the family.
As the title says, this book is all about longings that cannot be easily fulfilled – to be loved more, to be accepted, to be understood etc. I loved this book, but this is not an easy read.
It requires a bit of courage and ability to write a sad story without actually making the reader depressed. I think that is the most commendable part of Anuradha Roy’s writing. This book makes you sad, but it is not depressing. And I loved the Bengali village scenario and the pre-Independence era portrayed set in West Bengal.
One of the best novels written in an Indian setting :)
Publisher: Free Press
First Release: 2008
Source: Personal Copy
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