The Promise and Tragedy of a Utopian Community, as Seen by One of Its Own

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By Amy Waldman

BETTER TO HAVE GONE
Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville
By Akash Kapur

Utopia’s finest hour, Akash Kapur writes in “Better to Have Gone,” is the very beginning, “when the dream remains unsullied.” The phrase has the ring of preordainment: From the heights of a vision, there is nowhere to go but down.

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