Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies


Book - 1999
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Travelling from India to New England and back again, the stories in this collection chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
ISBN: 9780395927205
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 24, 2018

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

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.

Mar 05, 2018

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

Sep 20, 2017

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

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.

Feb 08, 2017

really enjoyed most of short stories. a couple, not so much. Liked that most took place or had connection to Boston. Short stories often aren't my favorite so I shouldn't be too critical.

Jan 20, 2017

Exquisitely written stories that uncover the deep humanity of those of us deracinated from home. This is a book from and about migrants from their own perspectives and those of the ones who never left. All the perspectives are Indian or Indian-American. The stories both live within and transcend culture. Definitely passes Duvernay and Latif tests. Almost fails Bechdel (two named women talking to each other about something other than a man), which is curious for a woman author. There is one very short conversation between Lilia and Mrs. Kenyon, but most of the POV characters are male.

Jul 06, 2016

Simple stories with Indian food and cultural taste. Some are touching.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Jan 26, 2016

A beautiful collections of contemporary short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. Most of the stories take place in Boston or India, with well developed characters and a range of interesting scenarios. A lovely, introspective book.

Jan 10, 2015

If one of the main reasons for reading is to experience lives other than our own, then Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories succeed admirably. We are given intimate and vivid glimpses of the lives of Indians both in the USA and in their mother country. But, if much of the joy of reading comes from a well-rounded tale with a satisfying ending, then the author doesn't always deliver.

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


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