The Inheritance of Loss

I really, REALLY should have loved Kiran Desai‘s The Inheritance of Loss.  But I didn’t.  I didn’t NOT like it, and the language was certainly beautiful.  There were points early in the book when her descriptions of Cho Oyu crumbling around Sai, the cook, the judge, and Mutt made me really, really uncomfortable.  But for me, as the plot progressed… (or didn’t, but I think that my lack of familiarity with the geopolitics of that region is playing a big role there) … I just wasn’t sucked in.  The conflict between Sai and Gyan was interesting but not fleshed out enough… Biju’s experiences in the U.S. were interesting but not fleshed out enough… and so on.

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