Latitudes of Longing
A spellbinding work of literature, Latitudes of Longing follows the interconnected lives of characters searching for true intimacy. The novel sweeps across India, from an island, to a valley, a city, and a snow desert to tell a love story of ...more
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This book is divided in four sections, Islands, Faultline, Valley and Snow desert.
It covers a vast canvas from the Andamans, Burma(Myanmar), Nepal and the no man's land separating India and Pakistan.
Each page has been written with such conviction, laden with description which makes it very lyrical. Reading it felt like the oceans and mountains coming together and narrating a beautiful story. It felt like I was ...more
For a debut work, the author's style is worthy of praise. I loved how the writing seemed almost ...more
A book filled with varied life-forms ranging from turtle to humans, a book comprising different landscapes – from Andamans to the Karakoram passes, a book which speaks many stories – of a clairvoyant lady to the one ...more
The story follows the life of Girija Prasad, a man and a scientist in Andaman Islands in the newly independent India. It talks of the inhabitants in this place and the surrounding environment. Nature or to be more specific “Earth” is the binding as well as connecting ...more
An Origin Story: Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup
In the Acknowledgements of her debut novel, Latitudes of Longing, Shubhangi Swarup writes that her muse is “our unassuming planet, a being that bears more beauty, magic and resilience than this human mind can fathom.” It took Swarup about seven years to somewhat gauge this being and paint a picture of it in words.
Latitudes of Longing comprises four interconnected stories, though numerous human and non-human ...more
Every page is written from the depths of a deep meditation. As though the ocean bed has paitently stitched this novel together over centuries. The movement is so subtle, that you could easily miss it.
I feel as though I've seen, touched and spoken to the soul of the Andaman Islands. They seemed to have poured their deepest secrets into ...more
A debut novel of Shubhangi Swarup, the prose and the thought behind this book just swept me away. Full of love, loss, family, friendship and everything in between - this book had me hooked in just the first few pages.
Broken into four parts, each part uncovers the lives of different people in different parts of the Indian subcontinent. But you'll see as time goes by that everything is connected. My favourite will always be ...more
A brilliant debut that blends natural with supernatural, human with otherworldly
Latitudes of Longing sweeps through worlds and times that are inhabited by a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who talks to them; Lord Goodenough who travels around the furthest reaches of the Raj, giving names to nameless places; a geologist working towards ending futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a superstitious ...more
Truly the author is a gifted writer, her imagination carry us to the world we have never been and without it we go nowhere, I wouldn’t have experience colonial ghost if it was not Lord ...more
The book reads as a result of much reflection on bordered social life in an unbordered natural world. It is a book where islands, mountains, sea, towns and prisons are intertwined, and the characters are caught moving between them, part out of their agency, part out of circumstance, part because of natural tendency.
The novel's characters are imperfect, ...more
The settings of the Andaman Islands, Burma, Kathmandu, and the Karakoram Mountains immediately ticked off my boxes. These four interlinked stories are beautifully written, richly imagined, and intricately plotted. Overwhelmingly, the book has a mood that evokes faraway tales, deep emotions, warm recognition, and breathless awe. The first story, about 40% of the book, is the most ...more
Girija Prasad, Chanda Devi, Devi,Mary,Plato,Thapa, Bebo, Apo, Ghazala and Rana explain so much about life's past, present and future in just a one book. The characters of the ...more
Faultlines, earthquakes, longings, the past, and the future. Such rich characters. And prose that’ll make you cry!
Starting in Andaman with a scientist and his clairvoyant wife, moving to Burma and a woman’s struggle to get her son released, and the son’s fights. To Nepal and a man’s rediscovery of life amidst solitude. And them the story of love blooming amidst octogenarians in the high Himalayas. A river. A turtle. A sea. A desert. All of them where the lonely Indian ...more
It is indeed a significant debut and lives up to the hype about 70%. Why only 70%, you ask? Read ahead -
Each paragraph is well thought-out and thoroughly researched. On googling Swarup, I wasn't surprised to know she is an avid backpacker. Yes, the nature of sentiment expressed in the interwoven stories can arise only from intense travel experiences and the hunger to explore people that constitute these places. Swarup has picked ...more
It takes you travelling through islands and mountains! The book is filled with geological and historic details told in a beautiful lyrical manner. I found the first part of the book to be very alluring, and the characters were very charismatic; they made sure that I remained engrossed in the story. I wanted ...more
Shubhanshu Swarup’s book consists of four parts, each taking place in a different geography but intersecting briefly with its characters.
I am blown away by the first story - ‘Islands’, by its character Chanda Devi, who speaks directly to my conscience. I won’t try describing her or her story, as some things must simply be experienced to know how wondrous they are. The novel belongs as much to the islands and the mountains and the oceans as it does to its ...more
Book has Four interlinked, but different stories, set up in different landscapes with mutual emotions, longings and silence being the commonest. I have loved how the ...more