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In Search of Love and Beauty

A Novel

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April 16, 1999 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.3, 252 Pages | ISBN 9781582430164
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"Page by page, In Search of Love and Beauty provides an abundance of small, sharp pleasures. Mrs. Jhabvala renders a little world of emotional, greedy refugees with much shrewdness of insight and with expertly chosen detail." —New York Times

This observant and insightful novel reveals, in rich and poignant detail, the interior lives of three generations of people in their quest for love and beauty. Louise, not content with her husband’s gentle affection, strives to reclaim her youth in titillating social and spiritual adventures. Her daughter Marietta searches for beauty in lofty ideas and in her obsession for her son Mark, who believes love is to be found in the pursuit of money and young, vacuous lovers. And Leo, their eccentric, self-styled guru, satisfies himself with power-commanding the bodies and souls of his followers.

Demonstrating Jhabvala’s deft twists of irony and humor, In Search of Love and Beauty brings several lifespans, full of hopes and ideals, within our grasp.

RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA is the author of nineteen books. She is the recipient of Booker Prize, a MacArthur fellowship, and has been honored with an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Jhabvala’s screenplays for Merchant-Ivory Productions have earned two Academy Awards. Jhabvala and her husband divide their time between Delhi and New York.

Praise
“Page by page, In Search of Love and Beauty provides an abundance of small, sharp pleasures. Mrs. Jhabvala renders a little world of emotional, greedy refugees with much shrewdness of insight and with expertly chosen detail… Entertained and slightly repulsed, one watches from a safe distance as Mrs. Jhabvala’s damaged creatures dance around the ludicrous monster of egotism in their midst.” —New York Times

“…[A] macabre comedy of impulsive, thwarted lives… Jhabvala renders a little world of emotional, greedy refugees with much shrewdness and insight.” —New York Times Book Review

“Brilliantly readable.” —The Daily Mail

“Among the best fiction written about the country since A Passage to India.” —The Observer

“Her tussle with India is one of the richest treats of contemporary literature.” —The Guardian

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