The Inheritance Of Loss

    The Inheritance Of Loss  (English, Paperback, Kiran Desai)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: PENGUIN INDIA
    • ISBN: 9780143102786, 0143102788
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2007
    • Pages: 334
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    Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance Of Loss is an award-winning novel which deals with the Indian immigrant’s status in the United States. This is a fictional account that deals with Biju and Sai and their transition from colonialism to post colonialism.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Inheritance Of Loss is a novel by Kiran Desai that narrates the journey of an illegal immigrant Biju and the anglicized Sai living in the U.S.
    The novel introduces the protagonist, Biju, as an illegal immigrant. Biju works as a cook in Sai’s grandfather’s household. This work juxtaposes two narratives, one dealing with Biju’s life in the U.S and the other with Sai in Kalimpong, being raised by her maternal grandfather.

    Set in 1986, the narrator begins the tale with Biju who has been trying to make a living in the U.S. Desai tries to trace the conflicts that are associated with immigrant groups, especially Indians. There is also a constant reiteration of the past within the present frame of narrative in the novel.

    The protagonists are caught in an interesting paradigm; he rejects and resists the American culture, yet he also realizes the need to fit in in order to make a living. The prospect of going back to India and living in abject poverty is a fearful one for Biju.

    The author, through this fictitious narrative, touches upon the real life anxieties of Indians living abroad that face an identity crisis. Sai’s grandfather, Jemubhai Patel, faces such a dilemma despite his successful legal career. He is frustrated with those that cling on to the traditional Indian customs. He adopts the English way of life completely.

    Desai also deals with the post colonial hangover which creates a sense of loss amongst one’s own race as well as in the American community.
    Snobbery, anger, mistrust, and a loss of traditions are some of the themes that Desai tackles in The Inheritance Of Loss. The Indians and the American Indians both struggle for a sense of self in the social space.

    The author also incorporates the historic Gorkhaland Movement in the story.

    About The Author

    Kiran Desai is best known for her novel, The Inheritance Of Loss. Most of her works deal with social issues in post-colonial India such as the inability to transition from the past to the present and migration.

    Her first published novel was called Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard for which she was critically praised. She won the Betty Trask Award for this book. The Inheritance Of Loss was critically acclaimed and won her the 2006 National Book Critics Circle award for fiction.

    She was born on the 3rd of September, 1971. Daughter of the noted author Anita Desai, she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize several times. She was born in India but was raised and educated in England and the U.S.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • PENGUIN
    • Publication Year
      • 2007
    • Awards
      • The Man Booker Prize Winner
    • Award Year
      • 2006
    • Author
      • Kiran Desai
    • Weight
      • 276 g
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    Perfection in the form of a book.

    I read Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss in 2007 when I was in 7th grade. Though I couldn't completely understand all the nuances of the prose back then, I read it in one sitting. When I read it later, I couldn't hold back tears of joy. This book was fresh, unusual, exhilarating, brilliantly insightful, funny, sarcastic, happy, depressing..everything. It had every human emotion wrapped up in words and what a balance it maintained! Kiran Desai has been my top author ever since. This book w...

    Upasana Sharma

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    7 Nov, 2011

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    Read to get sleepy

    It is no doubt a good book. But yes, it isn't really a page turner. In fact at times, it drags on and on and you just want it to end, this happens in the middle phrase. The idea behind the book is good but the portrayal can at times give you a headache. This isn't one of the books that make you go " really read a good book!" once you finish reading it, and neither does it make you wish it never ended. You're gonna be glad it ended.

    Prajoyeeta Kashyap

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    7 Sep, 2013

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    A total "BINDING STORY" is missing...

    Kiran Desai has described the characters in the novel very vividly. She has described the characters' past and present life with enormous details which paints a complete picture of the characters in the reader's mind.
    But what she has failed to do is combine the individual painted pictures into a total and complete Picture of a story...
    What i mean is that in the whole novel a totally "bound" story is missing...
    She also fails to hold the readers to the flow of the novel...
    Overall the whole...

    Sandipan Sen

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    15 Dec, 2011

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    Great Ending

    Its got very good english and very old style writing. the book is a pure pleasure to read. the starting is slow and rustic but then the book builds pace and is very very good. its one of the best books by an indian author and really will hold its own. vivid descriptions.

    catch a beautiful interview with the author here on world book club by the bbc if youre unsure about buying the book! the book is pure awesomeness btw!

    Raghuraman Rangarajan

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    5 Nov, 2011

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    Nothing to say...

    I am just speechless after reading this book. And the reception of Man-Booker Award speaks for itself. Only I would like to quote the comment by India Today- "A delightful original book, a triumph of the storyteller's art, nuanced, and even worthy of the most overworked term: luminous."

    Again flipkart rocked---

    Cash on delivery, Packing, Delivery time. All 5 on 5 star.

    Udit Sethi

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    8 Feb, 2012

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    Tough, Involving, Bare Truth

    The book starts really well take you through the beauty of North East keeps you involved and then comes the reality of tough life, which becomes so depressing but is also the truth of life. The story revolves around few characters, makes you feel really sorry about most of them and most importantly state of the country and how politics and few selfish minded people can create chaos even for the peace loving folks.

    Sanjay Prasad

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    3 Dec, 2011

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    One worth buying

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    9 Aug, 2016

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    not for the easy readers

    I had high expectations when i ordered this book, but it left me disappointed. one of the very few books that i had to force myself to finish. no doubt, the language is amazing with all the inspiring metaphors, but didnt find the story line too impressive. seemed more like a non-commercial bollywood flick.

    Sanvee jalan

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    19 Nov, 2014

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    The Inheritance Of Loss

    The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai is an outstanding Novel. I recommend it if you love reading core English Literature. As far as narration is concerned, it is EXCELLENT.
    Kudos to Flipkart for the delivery.

    Harshit Chauhan

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    20 Sep, 2014

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    the inheritance of loss by Kiran Desai

    it provides a lot of support and enthusiasm for the readers.The good thing is readers can also the other books written by the same author which is helpful for the researchers. We get all fiction and non-fictions books which means we can choose the book to our interest and for common readers we can get good stories in good discounts. It provides books in all kind of fields i.e for political social,religious,etc.And even children books are available which is a good advantage of practice reading...


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