The Inheritance of Loss

by Kiran Desai

Monday, August 6, 2007

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  • I looked at the Booker Prize short and long lists last year in search of some interesting new books to read; this book was listed but hadn’t jumped out to me.
  • This book ended up winning the Booker Prize, over several books I’d read and enjoyed.
  • I spotted this book on the library shelf and thought it was worth a try.
  • I didn’t really think I was going to like it but found myself enjoying the style after a few pages. It’s composed of very short sections, mostly less than a page, and jumps around between characters, places and times.
  • After a while the choppiness started to grate and reading it became more of a chore than relaxation.
      • I gave up about two-thirds of the way in and skim read the last part. I stopped to read “properly” where it looked interesting but couldn’t sustain the interest from one chapter to the next.