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Kiran Desai

Autor(a) de The Inheritance of Loss

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Associated Works

The Best American Travel Writing 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India (2008) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias


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1001 Group Read: January,2012--The Inheritance of Loss em 1001 Books to read before you die (Janeiro 2012)


This book is a joy to read. Sampath is a failure. He failed at school, he's failed at work: even his mother declines to function as the average mother should. He'll never amount to anything. One day, he finds himself, not having planned it, climbing a guava tree in the forest. What a revelation! It's perfect. He's surrounded by the natural world, where it's peaceful, and not surrounded by people -people who demand he behaves as they behave, and who badger him to take a grip. And that's when the townspeople and his family begin to treat him as a hermit, a possibly holy figure who should be revered: probably make his family a rupee or two. This gently comic book tells a well-told story rather in the manner of a traditional folk tale: every character has a role to play as the story unfolds. Unlike a traditional story however, the ending is not a neat wrapping up of all the loose ends. We don't quite know what will happen next ...… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 30 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
There were multiple copies of this Man Booker Prize (2006) winning book on our library shelves so it seemed like a good idea to read it. Strangely, it seemed to drag on and on and I was glad to finish it although 'glad' is not the emotion this depressing novel left me with. I wondered if the intriguing title would have an explicit reference but ultimately it summarised an utterly miserable story. For the characters it depicts, and for all their striving for something better, loss and failure become inherently predictable. Perhaps they are the substance of India itself.
The books had titles long faded into the buckled covers; some of them had not been touched in fifty years and they broke apart in one's hands, shedding glue like chitinous bits of insect. Their pages were stencilled with the shapes of long disintegrated fern collections and bored by termites into what looked like maps of plumbing. The yellowed paper imparted a faint acidic tingle and fell easily into mosaic pieces, barely perceptible between the fingers - moth wings at the brink of eternity and dust. (p.198)
Kiran Desai is a fine and insightful writer. Much of what was so destructive about British Colonial rule applies equally to Australia - not least the residual persistence of aesthetics. I would have given this book 5 stars had it elicited some prospect of joy.
The book needed a glossary. I felt excluded from so many words and terms that I could not comprehend.
… (mais)
simonpockley | outras 191 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |
Just couldn’t get through this and finally stopped pushing myself.
ellink | outras 191 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
I just couldn't get through this. Nothing compelled me to keep going! Even when the romance started between Sai and Gyan, which was maybe the most interesting part, I still couldn't make myself get interested. The judge's horribly lonely experience as an Indian college student in London was interesting, but it seemed like a short story disconnected from the rest of the novel. I guess it was similar in some ways to Biju's experience as an undocumented restaurant worker in NYC. Sigh. I think I made it about 60% of the way through, but life's too short to carry on with a book that doesn't grab you at all. I'm disappointed that I spent so much of my grown-up book time on this. Back to kid lit!… (mais)
LibrarianDest | outras 191 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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