Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Well, I've broken my slump. I came to realize that the kids returning to school is going to be something that will be making me wacky anxious for a while, so it's best to just read-read-read and push through it. So today I finished The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. I chose this book because it won the Man Booker Prize, and I tend to really like any book that wins that particular award. It's also about India....need I say more on that? As I read the book I was very drawn into the story, interested in another look at the history, and attached to the characters. I didn't honestly like many of the characters, but I wanted to see where their stories were going. This is not a book that will make you feel good because there is so much misery in each person's life, and some of their actions make it hard to feel for them. I was rooting for a few hopeful endings, but it wasn't to be. In a way I really liked the book for the sake of the history. It was another look at India through the eyes of a variety of social classes. That always interests me, and so in a way I would like to give it a high rating. It's well written and had an impact on me. However, it was a pretty hopeless look at life in India and in America. I'm glad that I read it, but I am not sure if I'd suggest it to a friend.