Book 19: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai


The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Finished reading December 16, 2012

Rating 9/10

I read this book mostly while sitting on a bus, that is I started reading it last Monday in the morning, going home from Tallinn and when I went back to Tallinn on Saturday I was rather sad that the trip (186km) only lasted for two and a half hours, because I had 40 more pages to read (and it’s hopeless to read anything much while I*m staying there – I had to agree to watching The Amazing Spider-Man on Sunday just to be able to finish reading the book. The Movie was fine though.).

I thought that the book was great. Refreshing after all the non-fiction I’ve been reading lately and very interesting (not that I would have been reading sleep-inducingly boring books recently…).

Apparently there are so many people who just want to leave their home country in search of something.

“[…] Just ordinary humans in ordinary opaque boiled-egg light, without grace, without revelation, composite of contradictions, easy principles, arguing about what they half believe in or even what they didn’t believe in at all, desiring comfort as much as raw austerity, authenticity as much as playacting, desiring coziness of family as much as to abandon it forever.” K. Desai

Fine, it’s not really “just”, it’s almost always when it becomes too difficult to cope at home or it’s easier to leave. (I wonder whether it’s for the same reason that the early humans left Africa to conquer the world…).

I almost wish I were on a really long bus-trip with only this book with me so that I could read it again.

It was truly fascinating.

Right now I’m still a bit in a loss for words about it. I seem to get lost in thoughts when I try to think of some of the story-lines in the book.

In one word: Great.

3 thoughts on “Book 19: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

  1. This book is among the ones in Oprah’s list of books that need to be read before you are forty. I wanted to read it right away since this was from an Indian Author. But why is this book so costly in India?

    • As long as the great books are expensive, it’s fine, it did win the Man Booker prize, so maybe that’s why it’s costly? I haven’t even seen it in the bookstores in my country.

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