The Inheritance of Loss

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The Inheritance of Loss is Kiran Desai's extraordinary Man Booker Prize winning novel. High in the Himalayas sits a dilapidated mansion, home to three people, each dreaming of another time. The judge, broken by a world too messy for justice, is haunted by his past. His orphan granddaughter has fallen in love with her handsome tutor, despite their different backgrounds and ideals. The cook's heart is with his son, who is working in a New York restaurant, mingling with an underclass from all over the globe as he seeks ...

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Nounstogo

Sep 27, 2007

Depressing!

I read this book as a selection with my literature group. Many found it was "an important book," but it was difficult for me to read around the utter despair that permeates everything. Perhaps I identify too much with a book's characters, and while this book was beautifully written, it also seemed a bit overwrought and over-thought. After I found out the author had whittled it down from 1800 pages, these feelings were easier to understand. Is India really such a joyless place? I doubt it, although I imagine living there is complex and difficult. These characters are so sad and dispirited, often without direction or inclination. I wonder why Desai found it important to write about them? I can't say I would recommend this book, although I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, either. Have something light-hearted on the table, though, for balance...

desert7

Aug 23, 2007

you can go home again but it won't be the same

A moving andd unusual book about Northern India, the hopes of immigrants,
the ties of tradition, the plans of parents for their children and the
difficulty of any actual positive change in our world. Tough protrayals of
immigrant life in the US set off against class differences in India.
And the difficulties of going back and forth.
A good read!

Stuart

Jun 7, 2007

The Real India

A well-written and informative book about the real, rural India. Not a very happy or encouraging book about conditions in India and its inhabitants, but an eye-opener about the destitution and lack of civility in the outer regions of the country.

BellaWA

Jun 1, 2007

Excellent, thought provoking read...

I recently read this book for my book club and thought it was very good. The writer is a master with language; the words were like prose. She was able to weave a myriad of social and political commentary into a story about people and their relationships. I would recommend this book to others, especially, if you are someone who enjoys a thought-provoking book that at once seems incredibly simple and yet amazingly complex. I can?t wait for our book club discussion!

obhijit

Apr 3, 2007

The reality of loss

Being someone who hails from India's North-east,but still has to pay a price,off and on,for the whims and fancies of the so called " son of the soil " politics of the North-east,Kiran Deasi has, with remarkable sophistication touched the mood of Gorkhaland agitation in her book.To me, 'The Inheritance of Loss' was much more than Sai's loss of her first innocent love in Gyan to the Gorkhaland agitation,but that,she was unfortunate enough to have inherited that loss of belonging from the beginning.Biju's exploits in the US,although funny in a very sad way,reminded me of how my forefathers,very conveniently called "refugees"must have felt and experienced when they first came from erstwhile East Pakistan to India.
I believe, many people of my generation,would like to think that we have had inherited the profoundest loss when the British divided my father's home in a sleepy village,not so long ago,by drawing two maps -when no one really needed them.
I really thought about "loss" after reading this book and therein lies its truimph.

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