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Sarah

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  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Written beautifully...but difficult to get through"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed the lyrical writing of Kiran Desai. Despite the drastic differences in perspective from each of her characters, she maintains a smoothness throughout the book. Her scenic descriptions were also quite beautiful and engaging. It was a beautifully-written story.

    With that being said, I found, at times, that it was very dreary... which, I understand, is to be expected on this topic. However, some parts dragged, and that coupled with the dreariness, made it difficult for me to want to pick it up and read. At some parts I was very engaged... but many times I went through long stretches where I could barely focus because it was so consistently solemn and a bit repetitive.
    Overall, I would recommend it to someone. The topic may be depressing, and it may drag at times. But overall, I felt like I took something away from this book, I appreciated and admired the story, and I was consistently impressed by the writing. I wouldn't, however, recommend it to anyone who is looking for a "happy" read...

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