Links for the East Side Readers' discussion.

Kiran Desai's Inheritance of Loss, Booker Prize winner in 2006.
Here's a Reading Guide and an excerpt.

Video of Kiran Desai | The Inheritance of Loss

NPR : Review (Audio file)
NPR : Kiran Desai Reads from her book:: also, an excerpt to read
NPR : Kiran and Anita Desai, with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (Audio)

'The Inheritance of Loss,' New York Times Book Review
Review from The Hindu
BBC NEWS Review: The Inheritance of Loss
Sai Speak: blogger's write-up
Lotus Reads: another blogger's review, with attached comments
Links to Reviews of The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
cover Bio from Current Biography Magazine - January 2007
Short biography of Kiran Desai.
BBC NEWS |Booker profile: Kiran Desai : Her life and career
BookBrowse Links (excerpt, interview, reading guide)
Kiran Desai ... many links
Darjeeling Forum :: Inheritance of Loss :: Darjeeling message board discusses the book
Kalimpong Calling... making the journey :: in her footsteps

More links:: REVIEWS
  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/5413704.stm
  2. http://www.hindu.com/lr/2006/10/01/stories/2006100100280100.htm
  3. http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/inheritance_of_loss/


VA said...

I didn't take the time initially to deeply read INHERITANCE OF LOSS. Then I rethought the whole thing and really dug in. Thank you for getting me straightened out. It is really a wonderful story, really spelled out in the 6th of these links, a short video "View of Kiran Desai/Inheritance of Loss".

Anonymous said...

I just finished "the inheritance of loss" and I really was blown away by the writing and I thought the storyline was excellent.

Anonymous said...

I had started to read the May selection The Inheritance of Loss, but quickly put it down as it was so difficult to read.

Anonymous said...

I think this is the month you all read K.Desai - anyway, I'm in the midst of it. I started a book club for the summer months here at the condo and
since I started the club I suggested we read the same book you all are reading.

I miss you all. I am having a hard time w/ Desai - I
read alot of the reviews from other readers and noted that while many were so favorable others were right where I am. . .it just isn't working for me. Cannot say whether it's the abrupt change from one character to another, which usually wouldn't do me in - but somehow I feel like I am reading a superficial description of Sai and the next sentence is someone else - for no particular reason. I am clearly NOT post-modern, if this is... and I have failed to get a feeling of there being anything to build to. Could this be more like glimpses than like a novel?

Anonymous said...

I sure have learned that it's hard, but good,for me to read about totally foreign cultures - India - then there was Snow, and Saving Fish.

Maybe if Kiran Desai had written about the years she knows personally of - I think she's pretty young and the book is set in the Reagan years. Her writing is quite terrific - it's like there's great gift wrapping but the box is empty, to me. I have to admit that I'm just a sucker for fiction set in the USA - even better if it's set in NYC.