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
Fabulous and sweet and touching!
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
Maitreyi Devi wrote *It Does Not Die. A Romance* as a response to Eliade´s book.
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
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
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
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.