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Better to have gone : love, death, and the quest for utopia in Auroville / Akash Kapur.

Kapur, Akash, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Huntingburg PL - Huntingburg 954.82 KAP (Text) 39970001051829 NF Available -
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville 954.8209 KAPUR (Text) 33946003981722 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 10/04/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 1501132512
  • ISBN: 9781501132513
  • Physical Description: xiv, 344 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Machine generated contents note: PART I -- Dreamers -- The Founders -- Forecomers -- A Living Laboratory -- Architects of Immortality -- Aurolouis's Well -- PART II -- A Family Affair -- The Sacrifice -- A Golden Rope -- Emissaries -- A Defensive Crouch -- PART III -- Ravena -- The Nature of Wants -- Datura -- Feckless -- The Question of Blame.
Summary, etc.:
"A spellbinding story about love, faith, the search for utopia -- and the often devastating cost of idealism. It's the late 1960s, and two lovers converge on an arid patch of earth in South India. John Walker is the handsome scion of a powerful East Coast American family. Diane Maes is a beautiful hippie from Belgium. They have come to build a new world -- Auroville, an international utopian community for thousands of people. Their faith is strong, the future bright. So how do John and Diane end up dying two decades later, on the same day, on a cracked concrete floor in a thatch hut by a remote canyon? This is the mystery Akash Kapur sets out to solve in Better to Have Gone, and it carries deep personal resonance: Diane and John were the parents of Akash's wife, Auralice. Akash and Auralice grew up in Auroville; like the rest of their community, they never really understood those deaths. In 2004, Akash and Auralice return to Auroville from New York, where they have been living with John's family. As they reestablish themselves, along with their two sons, in the community, they must confront the ghosts of those distant deaths. Slowly, they come to understand how the tragic individual fates of John and Diane intersected with the collective history of their town. Better to Have Gone is a book about the human cost of our age-old quest for a more perfect world. It probes the underexplored yet universal idea of utopia, and it portrays in vivid detail the daily life of one utopian community. Richly atmospheric and filled with remarkable characters, spread across time and continents, this is narrative writing of the highest order -- a heartbreaking, unforgettable story." -- Book jacket.
'Better to Have Gone' blends memoir, history, sociology, and politics. It probes the under-explored yet universal idea of utopia, and it portrays in vivid detail the daily life of one particular utopian community striving to create a better world. Above all, it is a love story about two doomed and idealistic dreamers, wrapped in the longing of the daughter who has lost them.
Subject: Maes, Diane.
Walker, John.
Utopias > India.
Auroville (India) > History.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General.
RELIGION / Mysticism.
Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs.

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