2008: 54. The Inheritance of Loss

”All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like water creature across the the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths.”

The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai

Another floridly written Booker Prize winner (this time the 2006) winner, and in some ways reminiscent of The God of Small Things, not just because they both take place in obscure parts of India in “exotic” settings.  The writing is similar, too, in that Booker Prize way - lots of adjectives, more so than plot.  However, I enjoyed this novel much more than the Roy.  The novel does have a plot - the violence that overtakes a small town when extremist come, and the story of India itself - the ethnic stew and the problems it causes, the after effects of colonialism, class issues, immigration, the whole thing.  And so, while the writing is a bit much (god, I sound like a Hemingway fan!), it all comes together to create a sense of India as a place, or at least one corner of it.  The way it was written took me a while to get through, but altogether I’m glad I read it.


Date/Place Completed: 4/7/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Commuting Book; Booker Prize Project

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