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I'm tired of feeling so terrible all the time. Eight years, Mr. Kapasi, I've been in pain eight years. I was hoping you could help me feel better; say the right thing. Suggest some kind of remedy.Of course, Mr. Kapasi has no cure for what ails Mrs. Das--or himself. Lahiri's subtle, bittersweet ending is characteristic of the collection as a whole. Some of these nine tales are set in India, others in the United States, and most concern characters of Indian heritage. Yet the situations Lahiri's people face, from unhappy marriages to civil war, transcend ethnicity. As the narrator of the last story, "The Third and Final Continent," comments: "There are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept." In that single line Jhumpa Lahiri sums up a universal experience, one that applies to all who have grown up, left home, fallen in or out of love, and, above all, experienced what it means to be a foreigner, even within one's own family. --Alix Wilber
Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of nine well written short stories.
Each sentence is a masterpiece -- not too much, not too little -- and when a story ends it feels like you've just consumed a 5000 page novel.
Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is beautiful in it's elegant simplicity and her stories are compelling for the same reason.
Each story better than the preceding one. It was a joy from beginning too end. Will definitely read more of Lahiri.Published 4 days ago by David J. Arnold
Read for a creative writing class- great craft, depictions of Indian culture and its contrast of the Western world. I wish i could write like this!Published 5 days ago by DoodleWack
Good book easy read . Not sure i agree it deserves a pulitzer prize???Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Interpreter of Maladies is a series of short stories. All of them were interesting to read, some more than others. This was my first book with short stories and will be my last. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Joann R. Greene
Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories given its coherence by a common subject: the Indian diaspora. Read morePublished 12 days ago by reader 451