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

por Kiran Desai (Autor)

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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 (Autor)
Informação:Grove Press (2006), Edition: First Trade Paper, 384 pages
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DNF. All icing no cake. Frequently lovely writing, very high craftsmanship, but lacking any momentum at all. Most of the novel plays out like a lazy memory, which needed a bit more energy to get going - and all the well-observed details in the world can't save a non-existent plot. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | Nov 1, 2021 |
A complicated exploration of colonialism from the view of Indians living near the Nepal border, and their relatives in England and the United States. It traces how political turmoil affects the interconnected web of people. It is a bleak book, but well worth the read. ( )
  Aldon.Hynes | Sep 14, 2021 |
Beautifully written but otherwise very flavorless story. There is actually two stories set in present, one of an Indian orphan Sai who falls in love with her math tutor and another one of Biju who emigrates to the USA, and one set in history (the story of the judge). Around the stories is the 1980s Gurkha revolution, but not knowing Indian history, it is not easy to grasp from the book what is going on, what is their motivation and historical/cultural/sociological situation. None of the characters were truly interesting as their stories consisted of only scattered events and it was difficult to relate to their struggles and dreams. The story of Biju's failed emigration to the States had some potential and succeeded in giving perspective to emigrants life. However, it also was very flat and Biju was left as a distant and naive character (well, aren't we all naive to some extent...) ( )
  Lady_Lazarus | Jul 4, 2021 |
the writing here is too exceptional for me to rate this any lower, but as a novel unfortunately i found this lacking. i wanted more out of each of the characters and each of their stories. i didn't like any of the characters, but that's ok. i wanted more depth from all of them, though. we got little peeks into their backstories and into who they are, but it just wasn't enough to hold the book together for me. there's so much going on - immigration, racism, colonialism, wealth gaps - and none of it is given enough exploration.

but oh my goodness the writing is exquisite.

"...it was just fate in the way fate has of providing the destitute with a greater quota of accidents for which nobody can be blamed."

"...she had not estimated the imbalance between the finality of good-bye and the briefness of the last moment." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 20, 2021 |
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 |
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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.

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