Book Review: The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss

Desai, Kiran

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.


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