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The Inheritance of Loss (2006)

de Kiran Desai

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In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai's brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.… (mais)
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Heartbreakingly depressing from the start right to the finish. A lot of politics and references to unrest and warfare that I don't know much about; but it was a little overwhelming and very difficult to understand. The writing was a little choppy... jumped around a lot. I felt like I was reading in a fog. The characters were hollow, and I didn't really care what happened to them in the end. This book was a chore to get through. I kept wishing I wasn't so darn stubborn because I really wanted to abandon it many times along the way.
That being said, now that I'm done I guess I didn't hate it. But GOD, am I glad to be finished. FINALLY.
Wouldn't recommend it. ( )
  kdegour23 | May 29, 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.
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  simonpockley | Feb 25, 2024 |
Just couldn’t get through this and finally stopped pushing myself. ( )
  ellink | 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! ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
I feel like this deserves a better review than I will give it, I struggled through to 300 pages but it was just too dense for me and I couldn’t get into it. ( )
  LiteraryReadaholic | Aug 13, 2023 |
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Desai, Kiranautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Lai, Chin-YeeDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai's brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.

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