Kiran Desai Writing Styles in The Inheritance of Loss

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Point of View

The book is written in the third person omniscient . The narrator knows everything that all the characters are feeling and often switches from their thoughts and straight into dialog. Since the book takes place in two different settings, it was important for the narrator to know everything about the characters and portray the feelings and thoughts to the readers to give the necessary closeness and physical and emotional distance that they were feeling.

Setting

The story takes place in two places. The first place is in Kalimpong, a town near Darjeeling, which is in the northernmost eastern point of India. It is bordered by Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan. There is much ethnic strife, which has existed for decades, if not centuries and was worsened when the British took control of India and redrew borders to the discontent of the different ethnic people in the area. Cho...

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