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The Inheritance of Loss de Kiran Desai
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The Inheritance of Loss (original: 2006; edição: 2006)

de Kiran Desai

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An embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace lives in a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's cook watches over Sai distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another.… (mais)
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Título:The Inheritance of Loss
Autores:Kiran Desai
Informação:Grove Press (2006), Paperback, 384 pages
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The Inheritance of Loss de Kiran Desai (2006)

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I'm reading all the winners of the Booker Prize since its inception. This was #41 of 53. Follow me at www.methodtohermadness.com

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai is a beautifully written novel about people of India: those who are born there, those who live there, those who leave and those who want to leave. One of the central characters, Sai, has been raised in India, but in a Western convent. When she goes to live with her grandfather, who was trained in England, then returned to India as a judge, he finds they have much in common – just not their nationality. Another main character, Biju, has left India to pursue the American dream, which turns out to be sleeping on a table in the cheap restaurant where he works and getting no medical treatment for an on-the-job injury. Others are immigrants who are kicked out when the locals try to create an independent state. It seems the population is in a frustrated flux, with people who want to go unable to leave, and those who want to stay being evicted.

I found this novel too sprawling and slow, like Midnight’s Children, which I also didn’t enjoy very much. And yet, despite the long unfurling of the plot, I still did not feel that I got to know the peripheral characters well – I could still barely tell them apart by the end. The “Indian” novels I’ve enjoyed most so far in this project have been by Englishmen: The Siege of Krishnapur and Staying On. I also loved The God of Small Things, which has a tighter, more Western-style plot-with-a-twist, and was a bestseller here in the U.S. So maybe my novel sensibilities are just very Western. I am still glad that this project is pushing me out of my comfort zone and forcing me to read novels I wouldn’t otherwise. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
I listened to this audio book because I work with so many Indians in my line of work that I had wanted to read more Indian literature to get a greater cultural understanding of my fellow workers. From that perspective the biggest thing I gained here was learning that at least part of the reason that the Indian caste system continues to this day is a feeling that the caste one is born into is part of their just rewards for actions in a previous life. So if you are born to a lower caste it may because you were a real asshole in your previous life, so it is correct to treat them lower.

I give this book only 2.5 stars primarily because from an audio perspective it was very difficult to follow. The story is told from at least 4 different 1st person perspectives (which isn't normally a problem lots of my Star Trek books do that) but on the audiobook it isn't always clear when the transitions occur, especially as it doesn't always change just at the Chapter break. I suspect that it is easier to follow in the dead tree form, like a double line break or something.

This is basically the life story of an orphan we know mostly as "the judge" his rise from poverty to study to become a member of the ICS when Britain was Indianizing their regime. His daughter, her math tutuor, their cook, and the cook's son. Immigration back and forth to India, the judge to England for education, the cook's son to the US to try to make ends meet. The math tutor and the daughter fall in love, only for the tutor to turn on her because of political upheaval and his acceptance of a new nationalism. It bounces back and forth from India to the EU to the US. It bounces around time lines until it finally all falls into place. If that sounds interesting to you I recommend reading it rather than listening to it. ( )
  fulner | Dec 1, 2020 |
A remarkable book. A bitter old judge, his granddaughter, her tutor, the judge's cook, and his cook's son all feature here. The judge lives in the Himalayas in a house that is declining. Once rich, he is now struggling to keep the house, against forces that are looking for change, especially change that does not bode well for the old guard.

Through intertwining stories, we follow the judge's life story, his granddaughter Sai's flight and her response to her tutor, the cook's troubles, and the cook's son Biju. Biju struggles in the United States, trying to make it against difficult odds.

And through it all a kind of love story.

Complex lives, affected by the political changes arising from colonialism. Absorbing. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Excellent writing throughout, and a great assessment of cultural movement from one territory to another as a traveller and an immigrant. Some slower sections, but the content is worth it and the conclusion is darkly excellent. ( )
  ephemeral_future | Aug 20, 2020 |
This book was a little more stream-of-conscious-y and postmodern-y than I usually expect from a Booker winner, but not extremely so---it isn't tough to read at all (I'm looking at you, Finnegans Wake). The plot interweaves the stories of the Judge (a bitter and hateful old man, crushed by long years of what I think is an acute anxiety disorder); his orphaned granddaughter, Sai; his nameless cook; and the cook's son, Biju. The plot is set against the backdrop of Nepalese insurgency in Kalimpong, India.

A beautiful exploration of what it means to be foreign both in one's own homeland and abroad; what it means to be wealthy versus destitute; what it is to be capable of love, or not. Desai's use of place as a metaphor is precise and inspiring, particularly in the description of Cho Oyu (the manor house), a symbol of privelge that is literally crumbling around its inhabitants.
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  CatherineMachineGun | Jul 31, 2020 |
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