Published to extraordinary acclaim, The Inheritance of Loss heralds
Kiran Desai as one of our most insightful novelists. She illuminates
the pain of exile and the ambiguities of postcolonialism with a
tapestry of colorful characters: an embittered old judge; Sai, his
sixteen-year-old orphaned granddaughter; a chatty cook; and the cooks
son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one miserable New York restaurant
to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS.
In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace, then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep.
Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sais new-sprung romance
with her handsome tutor, their lives descend into chaos. The cook
witnesses Indias hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge
revisits his past and his role in Sai and Bijus intertwining lives. A
story of depth and emotion, hilarity and imagination, The Inheritance of Loss tells of love, longing, futility, and loss that is Desais true territory (O: The Oprah Magazine).
The Washington Post - Donna Rifkind
Her keen appreciation of contradiction enriches the book, and, if the integrity of her narrative is less than perfect, the integrity of her ideological convictions is absolute.
Briskly paced and sumptuously written, the novel ponders questions of nationhood, modernity, and class, in ways both moving and revelatory.
The New York Times - Pankaj Mishra
Kiran Desai's extraordinary new novel manages to explore, with intimacy and insight, just about every contemporary international issue: globalization, multiculturalism, economic inequality, fundamentalism and terrorist violence.
She fails to get readers to connect and identify with the characters, much less care for them. The story lines don't run together smoothly, and the switching between character narratives is very abrupt.
Starred Review. This stunning second novel ... alternately comical and contemplative ...Desai deftly shuttles between first and third world.
Booklist - Donna Seaman
Starred Review. In her second novel, Desai is even more perceptive and bewitching....Desai imaginatively dramatizes the wonders and tragedies of Himalayan life and, by extension, the fragility of peace and elusiveness of justice, albeit with her own powerful blend of tenderness and wit.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Gabrielle Renoir-Large A Luminous, but Melancholy Book It’s hard for me to say whether Kiran Desai’s second novel, the 2006 Man Booker winner, "The Inheritance of Loss," is panoramic or intimate. On one hand, it stretches from northern India to New York City to England, yet on the other, it... Read More
Rated of 5
by Priya This book is offending towards Indians. I am proud to be Indian and proud to be an American. The Inheritance of loss book hurt my feelings as an Indian.
The author is comparing the poor class of India to the advanced countries like England and America.The author clearly lacks insight... Read More
Rated of 5
by srinivas natural aspects in kirarn desai It is real enjoyable and at the same time it an inspiration for the literary students. The thing is that she frankly pointed out so many issues in a brief manner; how the beauty of nature gives an immensely powerful feelings with intensity.
Rated of 5
by Kari Nelson Disjointed An interesting read, but the storylines did not flow smoothly together, making it difficult for the reader to invest in the characters.
Rated of 5
by Vimal Khawas Kalimpong: An Inheritance of Loss! Vimal Khawas
As a fellow local of Kalimpong, I was compelled to get hold of Kiran Desai’s ‘Inheritance of Loss’ that came into limelight after it clinched through the Booker Prize, 2006. Several reviews in national dailies, reputed magazines and... Read More
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