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Kiran Desai writes exquisitely

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Tipacanoe, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Tipacanoe

    Tipacanoe Thread Starter

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    Just finished "The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai.

    What a beautiful work, full of sometimes bitter insights into the rage and humiliation felt by people in post-colonial India and other third world countries as well as the sad disappointments that meet many of the - mostly illegal - immigrants from these countries.

    From a NY Times review: as Orhan Pamuk wrote soon after 9/11, people in the West are "scarcely aware of this overwhelming feeling of humiliation that is experienced by most of the world's population," which "neither magical realistic novels that endow poverty and foolishness with charm nor the exoticism of popular travel literature manages to fathom." This is the invisible emotional reality Desai uncovers as she describes the lives of people fated to experience modern life as a continuous affront to their notions of order, dignity and justice. We do not need to agree with this vision in order to marvel at Desai's artistic power in expressing it.

    A moving read.
     
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