Better to Have Gone by Akash Kapur audiobook

Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville

By Akash Kapur
Read by Vikas Adam

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501132513

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797127736

  • ISBN: 9781797127729

Runtime: 12.65 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This gripping, magical, deeply moving book is a story of stubborn, self-sacrificing idealism—both its beauty and its cost…The struggle to forge a nobler humanity is often brutal, and the history of Auroville is no exception. But…it is exhilarating to read about a place and time where utopia seemed not just possible but close.” Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning
“Entrancing, devastating, and unforgettable. Above all, this book is a hauntingly beautiful love story, composed by a writer in full command of his craft.” Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove
“Takes us deep into the heart of an intentional community’s ambitions and failures. This is an important work about the eternal human desire for utopia and about the dystopia that always lurks within these dreams.” Vikram Chandra, author of Sacred Games

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Author Bio: Akash Kapur

Author Bio: Akash Kapur

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 12.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English