Review of the book "The Inheritance of Loss", about which you can find info on an old post here.
For some time I
wanted to read this book. The cover and the tittle caught my attention at first
glance, but, at the same time, I was afraid that this was one of those books
which would make me feel disappointed because of the initial expectations I had about
I admit that
initially it was a little hard for me to read and make a connection between
characters and stories. The first, let’s say, 150 pages, were slow reading.
After that, as I became more familiar with the characters, it started to be
easier to establish a connection between everything I was reading.
The writing is
amazing, almost like poetry sometimes. There are lots of details, which is, in
my opinion, a positive thing, although sometimes it makes the story develop
slowly. But, on the other hand, I think that the details give value to the book
and to the story.
It takes some
mental availability to really capture every detail that is written; to travel
between India, England, USA, a little bit of Russia, without getting lost along the way; to
create a connection with the characters, remembering their past and the
life (and her relationship with Gyan), who lives in India with her grandfather (who had a brilliant past but became a cold man) and with the cook (whose son was working for the
U.S.A.), through Uncle Potty, an alcoholic, Father Botty, who has a “small
secret" revealed halfway through the book, and the two sisters who live
alone and have to rely on a guard who they barely know, to the life of Biju and
his friends in the U.S. and the difficulties foreigners can have a country that
is not theirs. We see the lives of the characters unfold from a past time at a
college in England which is the beginning of new habits and ideas, an orphanage, illegal ways to achieve what you want,
because it's the only way to get it, the idea that you have to hide the past or present story about your family; war and hate. It is the story of an
inherited poverty, that often goes unnoticed, and an inhumanity that we would prefer
that not existed.
It is not a
light reading, but I recommend it.
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