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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.
Just finished Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Wonderful book. With a flavor of India in the New World... Read more
I really enjoyed these short stories. Her writing is a little dry at times, but the messages were thoughtful and creative.Published 21 days ago by Sarah Whitson
19 words more more more more words... Will not let me start the book unless I review what I already read from herPublished 21 days ago by Graciela B. Blanchet
Each story stands alone and each one is told beautifully. They are stories that inspired me to consider my own life and journeys.Published 27 days ago by Beverley Owen
Intensely composed with powerful while subtle characterization, careful use of subtle irony, and a great openness of message and tone which makes it a great obj for conversation... Read morePublished 28 days ago by J. Nelson
I took notes throughout the whole book and it actually enjoyed it! In the beginning of each chapter I am stuck and confused, but at the ending everything makes sense for me! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Corazon Gauntt