The Inheritance of Loss

The Inheritance of Loss


Kiran Desai

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The Powder Puff

A powder puff is a kind of pad used for applying powder to one’s skin. The judge’s powder puff, which he uses for his job, takes on a much larger significance when he returns…

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Rats and Other Animals

Rats appear throughout the novel, primarily surrounding Biju in New York City. These and other animals come to represent the abuse of society’s poorest people. There are many instances in which animals are killed simply…

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Kukris are the particular kinds of sickled knives used by the GNLF. The kukris signify the dedication as well as the growth of violence within this movement. Even when the GNLF begins as a…

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