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The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
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Jun 18, 09

bookshelves: 21st-century, indian-fiction, by-poc
Read in February, 2009

Desai can write well on a line-by-line basis, and is capable of some beautiful, fresh imagery, but The Inheritance of Loss just didn't hang together as a novel for me. I found her treatment of colonialism and nationalism, emigration and belonging, to be extremely interesting, especially as they're explored from an Indian perspective—one which you don't get to see much of in the west. There's an awful lot in those themes for Desai to pursue—but she hints at a tension she never follows through on, as the novel gets bogged down by its glacial pacing and by its weak character development. The Inheritance of Loss ultimately fails to cohere, and while it has its moments, ultimately it wasn't for me.

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