RELIGION IN ANITA DESAI'S JOURNEY TO ITHACA

Chung Chin-Yi
2016 An International Refereed e-Journal of Literary Explorations August   unpublished
Hence Journey to Ithaca is not so much a book that celebrates cultural differences as much as cultural similarities, certain aspects of religions, such as the refining nature of suffering and self-abnegation are seen to be common to all religions. Hence Desai might be commenting that the alleged superiority of one culture over another is based on differences that are only skin deep. Eastern and western religions share much more in common than is commonly assumed, hence the real error is to
more » ... al error is to elevate any one religion over another and proclaim it superiority as these religions share much in common and have the common denominator of the universality of the search for meaning and human suffering.
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