Friday, January 17, 2014

The Inheritance of Loss

The world no matter what country, what region, what neighborhood is a society of classes from the so called highest, richest, educated or pious to the lowest, poorest, ignorant or criminal. Today I wonder if I should accept my life, as it is, let it fit me more like a glove than a pair of pants worn purposely a little too big to leave room to grow into them.

Sometimes I tire of the see saw of life, some of it so high, exhilarating, and happy, some of it so low, terrifying, and depressing. I wondered if I shouldn't have stuck with my usual, quick to read and forget, mysteries instead of venturing into more thought provoking novels. And yet as always I know I'm forced to remain ever trying, wanting to learn, to grow. So it is that I've just finished The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai and I can recommend this book to you, as I'm left at the end growing and changing in my mind. The main themes are migration, living between two worlds, and between past and present.

Emily Bronte said, "I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: They've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind."  And so it is with The Inheritance of Loss has changed my ideas and altered the color of my mind. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. We can only do so much in one life, but dreams make that 'so much' an exhilarating ride.

  2. What Bronte said was wonderful. I feel the same way. I have been reading novels, myself, ever mindful of my desire to write one someday.

  3. I see you growing and changing and I feel it will show in your art . The adventure of travel you just had and moving to a place you want to only what many of dream of doing...but you did it.:)

  4. Reading out of your comfort zone can take you some wonderful and rewarding places can't it? That looks a fascinating book - thank you so much.

  5. Hi Kittie, thanks, yes the dreams make it so much more.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, I particularly love that quote of Bronte as well.

    Hi Dee, thanks, hopefully I continue to grow always.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, I think you might enjoy this one, hope you do.


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