Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

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Book - 1999
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With a new Introduction from the author for the twentieth anniversary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this stunning debut collection unerring charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
ISBN: 9780395927205
039592720X
Branch Call Number: LAH
Characteristics: 198 p. ;,21 cm

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Gemini__Librarian Jul 21, 2020

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is an intriguing kaleidoscope into the lives of several citizens, some with Indian descent and several from abroad, who embark on their daily rituals involving that of labor, family relations, friendship, community and more, often in urbanized landscapes. Lahiri's short story format highlights these individuals' experiences in a short synopsis but emotionally potent way. From newly formed couples with marital strife to professionals facing existential conundrums, her award winning title demonstrates an underlying sense of humanity and dignity her characters face in the midst of life challenges. Her writing is eloquent, descriptive but not overly elaborate, and makes for a pleasant, introspective, appreciative read. She provides a voice to women and men equally alike and provides readers with a fresh take on literature showcasing the Indian American and American immigrant experience. - Review Written by Danielle

ArapahoeMaryA Aug 09, 2019

A collection of nine short stories - bittersweet and thought-provoking.

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singidunum_25
Jul 05, 2019

20th anniversary of this amazing book of stories!
https://lithub.com/20-years-on-jhumpa-lahiris-empathetic-fiction-is-a-lesson-for-all/

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Keerthana_devan
Jul 03, 2019

I simply cannot praise this book enough! I generally dislike short stories because they do not get enough time to develop a plot or the character sketch in the details needed. This book changed my perception entirely! It is a collection of extremely well-written stories that have a general theme of first-generation abroad Indians and the kind of nostalgia your homeland embodies in you. I love how the stories literally start right from no where, like a normal day for the character, and end on a similar note. But in the short span of 8-9 pages, I cannot help marvel on the plot developed and the character sketch. When the stories end, you pause for a second and wonder what just really happened.. that it could end either way and it totally was up to you to decide. The emotions are so raw and blunt which she could deliver to the reader in so few a words!

I have recommended this book to every of my reading friends and there hasn't been a single disappointment! Thoroughly recommended!!

RogerDeBlanck Jul 24, 2018

The uniqueness of Lahiri's collection of stories resides in its acute examination of cultural identity and the relationships between cultures. She gives readers great insight into the lives of immigrants, both young and old, some of them couples and others on their own. The stories are varied in their settings, from Lahiri’s native India to her current home in America. The characters often face very personal choices that will define their ability to gain a sense of self. Lahiri is able to unearth the complex sources that bring about conflict and separation. She takes what appears subtle and finds deep-rooted issues that must be addressed in order to gain understanding. With her use of incredibly fluid prose, this is a powerful and engrossing set of stories.

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sess430
Jun 24, 2018

A beautifully written, memorable collection of short stories. Highly recommended.

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tjdickey
May 10, 2018

This early set of stories carries all the compact and poetic beauty of Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize-winning prose, with engaging human foibles enacted across three continents. Sadly, there is dysfunction, and family strife, and infidelity and other sexual misconduct, but most are balanced with sparks of vibrant human perseverance.

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shack19
Mar 05, 2018

Nicely written, struck through my heart especially relating to how minority Americans visiting countries of similar ethnic backgrounds are viewed.

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Liber_vermis
Sep 20, 2017

Little gems of short stories set in India and the northeastern United States.

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Nymeria23
Apr 17, 2017

This collection of short stories did wonders on my emotions, playing with them until the transitions between sorrow, hope, and amazement eventually blurred together.
These stories highlight various lives of people from or connected to an Indian descent. Showing the humanity of the characters, the very real-life choices and actions that occur, and integrating the customs of the culture, I believe this book is not only great for other people of Indian descent to relate to, but also a great way for anyone interested in the modern culture of India to familiarize themselves with it.
Not all of these stories have happy endings, but I think that helps make them more realistic, more relatable, because life doesn't allows end up being fair.
Looking at it from a feminist perspective or a women-gender roles perspective (as I tried for my class), the stories highlight various issues, ranging from almost unnoticeable to glaringly obvious forms of oppression.
It pulls at your heart and makes you want to read more.
Would recommend.

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ArapahoeMaryA Aug 09, 2019

... a woman who had fallen out of love with her life.

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rmbelyea
Dec 26, 2013

"How about telling each other something we've never told before." (from A Temporary Matter)

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