Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of cultures and generations. In "A temporary matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth, while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Co. ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, [2007]
ISBN: 9781598875096
Characteristics: 1 sound file (ca. 6 hr.) :,digital
Additional Contributors: Novak, Matilda


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Jun 27, 2016

Having read this anthology of stories some time ago, I wanted to revisit this material in audio format, especially after having read The Namesake and other of Lahiri's more recent works.

The stories still hold together, rather magically, especially the ones set in Bengal.

I wish that the producers had hired an actor or two who could have authentically captured the nuanced inflections and cadences of South Asian English (especially of Bengali Englishes). Audio tracks for books set in London and Ireland reflect this linguistic richness; a Pulitzer Prize winning book deserves no less of a treatment.

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