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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 writing is beautiful in it's elegant simplicity and her stories are compelling for the same reason.
Jhumpa Lahiri's first book of fiction, a collection of short stories - Interpreter of Maladies has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer prize.
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.
Wish I could give this wonderful book 10 stars. With great skill, Ms. Lahiri presented many complex characters and story lines. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Marcia M. Jacobson
I did not realize that INTERPRETER OF MALADIES was a short story collection.
At first i was disappointed . Read more
Fresh, entertaining stories. All the characters still fresh in my mind. Was never really a short story fan. Converted now :)Published 5 days ago by Tony Wainaina
This short collection of stories has you craving for more. Lahiri is a masterful story teller interpreting the "maladies" of the human condition.Published 6 days ago by William S.
Great read. I especially enjoyed reading about the different types of food preparation, for some reason LOL.Published 12 days ago by tiffanie
Each of these stories stands alone as a work of art. I found the characters so absorbing, that I was disappointed when their story ended.Published 13 days ago by Priscilla Polenzani
I enjoyed Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies immensely. The stories of crossing cultures provide insight to Indian traditions I've yet to encounter.Published 13 days ago by Cat Johansen