The Inheritance of Loss

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Audio (12.23 hours)
Product Number: Z100026620
Released: Apr 03, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415939697
Narrator/s: Meera Simhan
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2006 Man Booker Prize In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace from a world he has found too messy for justice. Then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. It's the judge's cook who watches over the young girl distractedly, for the judge's thoughts are claimed by his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS on an elusive search for a green card. Later, an Indian-Nepali insurgency in the mountains interrupts Sai's romance with her Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, and they are forced to confront their colliding interests. As the nation fights itself, the cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. And the judge must revisit his past and his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires. In a generous vision, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Desai presents the human quandaries facing a panoply of characters. This majestic novel of a busy, grasping time illuminates the consequences of colonialism and global conflicts of religion, race, and nationalism.

Author(s): Kiran Desai
Original Publish Date: Apr 03, 2007

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Author(s): Kiran Desai
Product Number EB00645438
Released: Mar 11, 2016
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Publisher: Grove Atlantic
ISBN: #9781555845919

Professional reviews

"This exceptional book is read with such wisdom and ability that the narrative becomes an epic poem that fills the listener's senses with the sounds, the smells, and the most minute details of India. High in the Himalayas lives the Judge with his granddaughter, his cook, and his dog, Mutt. The story of their lives and the lives of all around them, both past and present, creates a tapestry of delight and despair. Whether she is speaking as a Nepalese agitator, a refined, retired gentlewoman, a New York drunk, or an Indian girl who only speaks English, Meera Simhan's precision of accent, emotion, and timing adds to the perfection that is this novel. The language is so lush and the plot so engrossing that the listener will be thinking about different moments in the novel for months after hearing it. B.H.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007 (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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