Saturday, August 9, 2008

Through a stranger's eyes

Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
An exceptional writer sees the world through the eyes of her characters...never judging, always observant, inventive yet authentic, often with a touch of humor.

I am reading The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai and I am enjoying it as much as I did her first novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. In a different way. In this novel, it takes a lot of effort on the part of the reader (at least, it was for me) to stay on course, while the author leaps from set to set, character to character. But every character is drawn with careful thought - the judge, driven to bitterness and cynicism, yet tender and affectionate to his dog, Mutt; the young, orphaned Sai, living her cocooned life, while groping with the ambiguities of love; Biju, the illegal immigrant in the US, moving from one eating establishment to the other, in a world obsessed by greencard fever. And the myriad of other characters who add to the collage. This is a story full of soul.

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