Book Reviews of The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss
The Inheritance of Loss
Author: Kiran Desai
ISBN-13: 9780802142818
ISBN-10: 0802142818
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 357
Rating:
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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3.1 stars, based on 320 ratings
Publisher: Grove Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 14
There is no doubt this was a well-written book - Desai packs each sentence with deep thought and an elevated vocabulary. The characters are fleshed out and really come alive as you read. However, she covers the text with Indian words, some of which I've never seen; and given her sentence structure, it is impossible to pick up their contextual meaning. I lost a lot of delight in the book because of that.

A theme Desai touched on well here was injustice - is it right to hurt and steal from those whom you consider "too good" or "too bad" in the name of enforcing justice? One of the examples of this, near the end of the book, made me so angry I had to stop reading and come back to it. I was so worked up that my husband made me take a Clonazepam. I dare you to read the book and *not* feel that way.

If a book can evoke an emotional reaction from its reader, then it's worth the read. Stick through the first 50 pages, it gets better. Recommended for a patient reader who doesn't mind getting worked up.
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Helpful Score: 7
I found this a very difficult read with many foriegn words, but it is also a winner of the Man Booker prize 2006. Not for light summmer reading.
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Helpful Score: 7
Desai uses language beautifully to give the reader a vivid image of life for these characters in India. You can feel the dampness from rain, smell the mountain air, taste Cook's odd concoctions from her words. The beginning is slow and I, personally, was saddened by the ending, but it was still worth reading. If you have lived or traveled abroad, this may give you an opportunity to see your culture through the eyes of another. 2006 Booker Prize Winner. Recommended.
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Helpful Score: 7
Four stories of the lives of very different characters. I was saddened by the conditions they found themselves in, but hopeful that each would find happiness.
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Helpful Score: 6
Lyrically written but I felt like I needed a degree in Indian history to really understand the dynamics of the characters.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an absolutely wonderful, albeit heartbreaking, novel. I highly recommend this book to other literature lovers.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book was a little on the dark side for my taste, but it was very well written. I felt like I was in the position of each character.
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Helpful Score: 3
The after effects of colonization, insecurities, identity crises.
Status, ever-changing depending on the beholder
Human nature
Ignorance of culture, suppression of one's own culture,
Plenty to chew on in this book . With beautiful sentence construction the characters are well developed, the era well described etc
Good read
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Helpful Score: 3
truly did not touch me like some other books, but still a worthwhile read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Glimpse into the life of some lonely characters set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and the seedy underbelly of New York City. The aching of the characters bleeds through the well-written text and you are transported.
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Helpful Score: 2
What a fabulous and rich read - wonderfully lush in her descriptions and reading this book makes you easily imagine you are there with the characters...Wonderful!
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Helpful Score: 2
Absolutely wonderful - her writing is amazing
Takes a while to get into the sttory but very dramatic
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Helpful Score: 1
Wonderful, lyrical writing. Loved this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
beautiful language and descriptions. slow moving plot.
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Helpful Score: 1
Heartbreaking and sad, too realistic reminder that racism still exists, even in the most remote areas of the world. This book almost reads like poetry. It is almost a pity this is being made into a movie.
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Helpful Score: 1
Book filled with emotion and characters one has sincere empathy for. Not as stellar as I may have expected, but rich language and feeling throughout.
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Did not like this book at all and couldn't wait til I was finished. Having said that though, there are parts of the book that pop into my head periodically, which is unusual for a book I didn't like.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book, which is an interesting treatment of the immigrant experience. You have a judge who left India and returned, people who left and were disappointed with what they found elsewhere and people who want nothing more than to leave. A fascinating exploration of a post-colonial society with well-developed, complex characters. Not a beach read, for sure, but a thoughtful and thought-provoking novel, well worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
it is a pleasure to read a book that is well-written, with thought-out, more 'complex' sentences than many of the good books out there today. there are also many interesting themes - the perspective of well-to-do Indians within their country; an Indian immigrant in an America that doesn't live up to his hopes; a teenage girl trying to understand class differences within romance. there is no sugar-coating in this story. however, despite *wanting* to really love this book, i found i finished it only having an intellectual interest in it. i think that perhaps the characters, although interesting, were not developed well enough to feel connected to them. definitely worth reading for the themes of the story, but not, as others mentioned, for a fun, feel-good read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book! I particularly like to read books that take place in different cultures and countries thrown in with some historical or political facts. The author did a good job of describing the environment and the characters.
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The book is beautifully written. However the characters situations are sad-heartbreakingly so. At times the book was hard to pick up.
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I just love this author! This novel is not funny like "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard", but it's wonderful.
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I tried so hard to get through this book but I just can't do it. There is absolutely no plot.
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Compelling characters and plot. Beautifully written.
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2006 Man Booker Prize winner. Indian diaspora - set in both India and NYC - very well written.
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2006.This takes place in an isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in Himalyas. It is the story of an embittered judge who wants to retire in peace and his granddaughter. The judge's cook watches over the granddaughter. The cook's son is the center of the cook's attention. The characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consquences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.
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Winner of the 2006 Booker Prize for fiction.
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Could not finish but is beautifully written.