The Inheritance of Loss
Grove Press, New York, 2006
The gold “Winner of the Man Booker Prize – 2006” drew me in as all books I have come across with a connection to this prize have been really good. This was no exception.
This book puts together four main stories and wraps them around each other against a background of tension, hopes, and loss. Story 1 is the remembrances of a retired Indian judge going from boyhood through studying in England, becoming a judge for the British colonial government, and retiring in seclusion. Story 2 is a coming of age love story between the judge’s granddaughter, who lives with him, and her math and physics tutor. Story 3 is that of the judge’s cook’s son, scraping by as an illegal immigrant in New York. Story 4 is the struggle for Gorkhaland, as the story takes place near Darjeeling as the Gorkhaland movement reaches the edge of violence.