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The Inheritance of Loss Paperback – Bargain Price, August 29, 2006
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But as I read on, I became increasingly frustrated with the one-sided view of a country I've come to know and love. Yes, India has what she portrays, but it has so much more. There is kindness and tenderness amidst the poverty and rage. There are people with next to nothing who will give what they have to help a stranger - gave what they had to help me. Generosity and kindness exist alongside the indignities she portrays. Why not show that balance? I felt at times she was trying so hard, wanting so badly to shock the reader with her tales of vermin and vomit. Yes, that's there too. But it is not at the heart of the matter, and I think Ms Desai has missed that point.
Finally, Ms Desai should fire her editor for the many anachronisms in the book. The 1985-6 was not the time of the Macarena, baggy pants on teenage boys, or the negative use of the term "PC" (politically correct), to name a few. All that came later. Add to that, it appears that no one proofread the last third of the book. This carelessness coincided with how the prose itself progressed. It started wonderfully, and slid like a Himalayan landslide into negativity and caracature. The ending was utterly pointless, and I was left with moments of brilliance that ultimately went nowhere.
The story of Sai, living in Kalimpong, near India's northeast border with Nepal, alternates with that of Biju, Nandu's son, an illegal immigrant trying to find work and a better life in New York. Biju, working in a series of deadend jobs, epitomizes the plight of the illegal immigrant who has no future in his own country and who endures deplorable conditions and semi-servitude working illegally in the US. As Desai explores the aspirations of Sai and Biju, the hopes and expectations of their families, and their disconnections with their roots, she also creates vivid pictures of the friends and relatives who surround them, evoking vibrant images of a broad cross-section of society and revealing the social and political history of India.
Though Sai's romance, at sixteen, with Gyan, her tutor, provides her with an emotional escape from Kalimpong, it soon becomes complicated by Gyan's involvement with the Gorkha National Liberation Federation, a Nepalese independence movement which quickly becomes violent.Read more ›
Luckily, the story isn't all grim. The author's eye for detail is extraordinary: small miracles appear on each page. The field of her prose is so studded with gems that one reads quite slowly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing happy ever happens in the book, depressing even on a sunny day!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful writing and characterization and a rich picture of post-colonial Indian life which lead me to wonder whether this was Indian life, or Hell. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good read. Flowery language. Not that many writers have such beautiful writing.Published 6 months ago by DA
This is one book that will stay with you. Kiran Desai, IMO, easily bests her mother with this book. Her writing is arresting and involving and, unlike many new-ish (I use that term... Read morePublished 8 months ago by indranee
This was ok. I could not really follow the plot for all the flowery language.Published 8 months ago by Aleia Y Clark
Sorry but I lost interest in "Inheritance of Loss". It's one of the few books I could not keep reading. Maybe too much information involved in it.
tragic-and so well done-an amazing book-incredibly well written and vividPublished 10 months ago by Caroline Simon