The Week In Books, No. 26

It was interesting to read another book about India so soon after I read “The Space Between Us.” I enjoyed “The Inheritance of Loss
” more than TSBU, because the writing was better and the book covered its themes with greater depth. The characters are beautifully drawn and compelling, and their tragedies and joys are at once wrenching and believable.

As you might have guessed from the title, “The Inheritance of Loss” deals primarily with the ramifications of loss in the lives of the main characters: loss of identity, loss of property, loss of loved ones, loss of feelings, and so forth. Tied up with those subjects is the secondary theme of identity and foreignness, as all of the characters are in various ways foreign to their surroundings, and their identities are called into question by political unrest, fluidity of colonial borders, and familial complications. Since these are common literary themes, it would have been easy to make this a tiresome book, but Kiran Desai manages to make the ideas fresh and resonant.

Also Completed:
2 Chronicles, Mark, Hebrews

Currently Reading:
Ezra, Psalms, Luke, James
“Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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