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The Inheritance of Loss - By Kiran Desai

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Written on a wide canvas, spread across three continents, Asia, America and Europe, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ by Kiran Desai,   won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

Laced with wit and perception, the novel creates an elegant and thoughtful study of families, the losses they confront alone, and the lies they tells to make memories of the past more pleasant.

About the author

Kiran Desai, daughter of the noted author Anita Desai, was born in New Delhi, India, and lived there until she was 14. After a year in England, Kiran and her mother moved on to the United States where she studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University and Columbia University. Desai is the youngest women to win the Booker Prize.   

Synopsis of the story

Set in Kalimpong, a picturesque town in North East India, the story is a kaleidoscope of characters, casting vivid images in the reader’s mind. The main characters of this novel are Sai, the orphaned grand daughter of a retired grouchy Judge; Sai’s Nepalese tutor Gyan, whom Sai loves in the first flush of youth; and Biju, the Judge’s cook’s son who is  moving from one restaurant job to another, as an illegal immigrant in New York.

Beautifully etched characters, reviling a gamut of emotions, engraved with humour. As ones turns every page, Kiran Desai lets one experience the small joys that cross her character’s lives, poignant moments in which they are truly themselves.

Theme of the story

Kiran Desai’s novel is all about people we meet in our daily lives. But Desai doesn’t stand in judgement of them, they are neither saints nor villains, just ordinary people like you and me; rejecting age old values, suffering at the hands of ruthless government officials, sacrificing for their offspring, being cruel towards loved ones. Desai shows life in all its viciousness, full of delicate emotions and passionate commitment.

Other books by the Author

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard published in 1998 won the Betty Trask Award, a prize given by the Society of Authors

A rare book that touches you, detailed in concept yet economic in manner, do read, you will sure want to read it again!!!!!

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