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The Inheritance of Loss Audiobook
The Inheritance of Loss
Written by: 
Kiran Desai
Narrated by: 
Meera Simhan
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The Inheritance of Loss Audiobook

The Inheritance of Loss

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Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2007

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007

At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered old judge who wants nothing more than to retire in peace. But this is far from easy with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter Sai, come to live with him and his chatty cook. Biju, the cook's son, is trying to make his way in the US, flitting between a succession of grubby kitchen jobs to stay one step ahead of the immigration services.

Unbeknown to any of them, a Nepalese insurgency threatens Kalimpong, impacting Sai's blossoming romance, and causing the judge to revisit his past and his role in this grasping world of conflicting desires.

©2006 Kiran Desai; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Briskly paced and sumptuously written." (The New Yorker)
"Desai imaginatively dramatizes the wonders and tragedies of Himalayan life and, by extension, the fragility of peace and elusiveness of justice, albeit with her own powerful blend of tenderness and wit." (Booklist)
"In this alternately comical and contemplative novel, Desai deftly shuttles between first and third worlds, illuminating the pain of exile, the ambiguities of post-colonialism and the blinding desire for a 'better life', when one person's wealth means another's poverty." (Publishers Weekly)

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    kaethe EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States 10-01-12
    kaethe EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Inheritance of Loss in three words, what would they be?

    intense, enlightening, sympathetic


    What other book might you compare The Inheritance of Loss to and why?

    Cutting for Stone, altho frankly Cutting for Stone is a better story in my opinion. However, it brings the basic American into a world we would not otherwise know and surely never understand. Both books provide an 'education' of another culture and thus an understanding of some past events in those cultures.


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    Maria Renata Mexico City Mexico 02-11-10
    Maria Renata Mexico City Mexico 02-11-10
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    The reader is very bad. No feelings, or sense of passion. Reads like if reading a computer note. Very hard to listen !

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    Ann 10-23-08
    Ann 10-23-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Despite the hopeful final sentence this book is"

    bleak

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    carol green 08-13-07
    carol green 08-13-07 Member Since 2006
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    "too much loss"

    What a sad, depressing tale. I am sorry that I spent money on this one and sorrier still that I spent 12 hours listening to it

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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 08-14-07
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 08-14-07 Member Since 2008

    I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.

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    "Lost from the Start"

    I couldn't keep the characters straight nor remember their relationships. I stopped listening early.

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    Mikhail Warners, NY, USA 11-01-07
    Mikhail Warners, NY, USA 11-01-07
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    "terrible book"

    This book seemed to jump around, didn't have a good plot, and overall was very boring.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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