Set in 1930s Calcutta, this is a roman á clef of remarkable intimacy. Originally published in Romanian in 1933, this semiautobiographical novel by the world renowned scholar Mircea Eliade details the passionate awakenings of Alain, an ambitious young French engineer flush with colonial pride and prejudice and full of a European fascination with the mysterious subcontinent....more
I don't feel like rating this. There were some things I liked but I can't remember them because I'm too furious. I shall rat ...more
Fabulous and sweet and touching!
Maitreyi Devi wrote *It Does Not Die. A Romance* as a response to Eliades book. ...more
What I liked most about this book was that I could actually see the love growing ...more
O frumoasa poveste despre contrasturi si o anumita iesire din sine prin ...more
Apreciez calitatea cărții, dar nu mi-a tre ...more
So if I didn't get bored but that still doesn't mean there's merit in the sotry. As I see it, she opens her soul to him and he calls her primitive instead of listening. He understands (or does a good job pretending to) next to nothing about their culture and he leads her ...more
The fascination of the Orient
I found this story interesting on the second encounter.
It is not just an interesting love story between a European and an Indian girl, but also an opportunity to think about philosophy, communicating across cultures and the clash that sometimes replaces dialogue.
In the first place, the hero- Alain is accepted into the Indian family that somehow adopts this foreigner.
But at first sight, between him and Maitreyi there is a kind of coupe de foud ...more
Exotismul, misticismul şi puritatea acestui roman par să fie argumente care nu pot fi negate pentru ideea că dragostea există mai presus de orice altceva. Finalul deschis al romanul dă motiv de gândire oricărui cititor sceptic față de puterea iubirii…
…şi dacă n-ar fi decât o păcăleală a dragostei mele? De ce să cred? De unde să ştiu? Aş vrea să privesc ochii Maitreyiei…
I loved it to bits and read it quite fast too (for a school reading assignment, I mean).
But then again, Eliade is Eliade. He's wonderful, he's a classic and I just love his work.
Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade is,for me,one of the best Romanian books I've read(until the date of this review)along with Elevul Dima dintr-a şaptea by Mihail Drumeş.
The story is written from the point of view of Allan,a 24-year old man from Europe that is currently living in Calcutta,India.There,he works for an engineer,called Narendra Sen.Shortly,after a beautiful ...more
Some years later I got hold of her novel (‘It Does Not Die: A Romance’) and I started reading it in parallel with ‘Maitreyi’. It is one of the rare instances in literatu ...more
It doesn't se ...more
He is an immutable egocentric, who from the beginning asks himself the question: "How can I be tied down into a marriage?! How can I lose my freedom??".
Thus, by the end of the book, even though one would think that he is ...more
Recomandata la orice va ...more
Viața lui Allan se schimbă dramatic atunci când domnul Sen îl invită să locuiască în casa lui din Bhowanipore și astfel o întâlnește pe fiica sa, Maiytrei. Allan se îndrăgostește de Maitreyi, construind împreună o relație intensă, ținută secret față de restul familiei. Dar ce se poat ...more