Unaccustomed Earth and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
Price: £2.74

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Unaccustomed Earth on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Unaccustomed Earth [Paperback]

Jhumpa Lahiri
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
RRP: £8.99
Price: £6.29 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
You Save: £2.70 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 1 Aug.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £1.54  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.29  
Audio, CD, Audiobook --  

Book Description

1 Jun 2009
Beginning in America, and spilling back over memories and generations to India, Unaccustomed Earth explores the heart of family life and the immigrant experience. Eight luminous stories - longer and richer than any Jhumpa Lahiri has yet written - take us from America to Europe, India and Thailand as they follow new lives forged in the wake of loss.

Frequently Bought Together

Unaccustomed Earth + Interpreter of Maladies + The Namesake
Price For All Three: £18.17

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074759659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747596592
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Unaccustomed Earth, her latest collection of stories, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a New York Times Number One bestseller. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

(Photo credit: Elena Seibert)

Product Description

Review

'Lahiri's enormous gifts as a storyteller are on full display ... gorgeous' Khaled Hosseini 'Probably the most influential writer of fiction in America' Financial Times 'Contains some of the best, most beautiful fiction written this decade - the kind that will be read 50 years from now' New Statesman 'It's difficult to think of a contemporary writer who gives her characters so much dignity ... Fiction of matchless restraint, yet also of rich, complex lives and credible characters' The Times

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London of Bengali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. Her stories have appeared in many American journals and her first collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize 2000 for Fiction, the New Yorker Prize for Best First Book, the PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Award. Her novel, The Namesake, was published in 2003 and is now a major motion picture from the director of Monsoon Wedding. Jhumpa Lahiri lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So rich: like a collection of mini novels 22 Dec 2008
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am not usually a reader of short stories, but this book defied many of my prejudices. I loved it. Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is beautiful. With just a few paragraphs, she can immerse you in a story so that you end up feeling as satisfied as if you've read an entire novel. She also has a wonderful eye for detail and a way of describing everyday events or objects so you feel that you've never really thought about them in that way before.

There are eight stories in this book. The final three feature the same characters but the others stand alone. However they are all quite similar in that they feature highly educated Bengali Indians living in the US and often in mixed race relationships. There are also similar themes that repeat: learning to move on after losing a loved one or the relationships between parents and their adult children.

While I enjoyed all of the stories in this book, I was particularly moved by the first (Unaccustomed Earth) and the last (Going Ashore). They are the two in which I felt the most involved and really cared about the characters. I felt somewhat detached from the others (hence the 4 star rating). However I still enjoyed them and I recommend this book without hesitation - do not let the fact that it's short stories put you off!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bengali TCK Bonanza! 18 Sep 2008
By Jessica
Format:Hardcover
As a Third Culture Kid (TCK) myself, from India, I could completely relate to the characters, their feelings, behaviour, thoughts and relationship dynamics with others. There were traces of my father in Ruma's father; of both my parents in Sudha's parents. The most captivating sotires to me were Nobody's Business because of the simplicity and complexity of love reltaionships and Part Two - Hema and Kaushik's sotry.

H and K, unlike the characters in the other stories, are given longer to develop their love story. The reader lives through glimpses of their childhood, teen years and university life. All eventually leading to their professional lives where they come together and have a love affair. Even though one of them is living out of a suitcase and the ohter is engaged to be married.

Throughout the stories, Lahiri accurately captures the emotion and conflicts of Indian immigrants to the US and briefly to London. There is a melancholy underlying the characters and their various relationships with partners, friends, room-mates and parents as Lahiri brings out their longer to belong to someone or some place matched with their sense of detachment to people and places in different ways. In short, their book, like her first, is a must-read for every Indian immigrant and third culture kid out there.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVery deep and well-written!! 10 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Jhumpa Lahiri, winner of the Pulitzer Prize with her book The Interpreter of Maladies, continues to have one of modern fiction's most powerful voices.
The eight stories in her present book do not disappoint at all. They are wonderfully structured and are filled with acute psychological observations, eloquent writing and detailed descriptions. The main themes are about family secrets and relations. In one of them, there is the story of a widower who has a mistress and who prefers to keep it a secret from his daughter, in another, a married woman who falls platonically in love with a friend, in another, a sister who introduces her brother to alcoholism, in another, the story of a teen who cannot accept the father's new wife, etc.
Lahiri's stories of exile, identity, disappointment, bitterness, relations and maturation are brilliant and extremely realistic. Her language is aesthetically marvelous.

Joyce Åkesson, author of Love's Thrilling Dimensions and The Invitation (amazon.com)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and satisfying read 11 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
I had previously read 'the Interpreter of maladies' and 'the namesake' and so was already a Jhumpa Lahiri fan. These stories are beautifully written, and the characters are credible and sympathetic. Her subject matter is mainly family life and its tensions, first and second generation Bengali immigrants to the US and the changes in cultural identity and lifestyle which occur from one to the other. But that is to simplify her scope; none of her characters are predictable or stereotypical, and their dilemmas cross cultural and racial boundaries. I found the stories very moving and would recommend them highly.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am so pleased I found this author, originally discovered with another title as a Kindle deal of the day. Of course, I had heard of her previously, just never got round to reading anything. Interesting characters, global challenges, good observations, and the combination of background academia, New England (okay, Seattle gets a nod too), India and London keep my interest as they are all areas with which I have some connection.
And I have recommended her books to colleagues who also seem to have been bitten by the bug too.
This title is a series of novellas, different, but with a thread running through them about family (and extended family) tensions and observations. The characters are convincingly real and I actually feel as if I would get on with quite a few of them in real life and can see parallels in my own life (despite not experiencing the cultural intrigues of the characters).
An easy, yet thought provoking, book. Perfect for holiday reading, tube or train commuter reading: I read most of this one in unseasonably sunny London weather in my backyard, glare free on the Kindle.
Go out and buy......
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars all a bit sad.
Short stories, all a bit sad.
Published 10 days ago by Miss M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is the second collection of short stories I have read by this author and I have enjoyed both very much. Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. Pojaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Even deeper insights than 'Maladies'
I experienced such depth of feeling in reading these stories. Again, the author expresses such insight into human nature. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Anne Currie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite 'Indian Book'
Needed the Book to read for my Book Club - I tried not to let the poor condition of the copy I received cloud my opinion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by joyce mojacar
4.0 out of 5 stars Affecting and Beautifully Written
Beautiful stories, mostly sad, but featuring such quietly well-drawn characters that they're utterly compelling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by @iniall
3.0 out of 5 stars So fed up with reading misery!
Well written book, but I am afraid I found all the stories dismal and although my book club members loved it, I personally am fed up with reading misery at the moment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anna Caterina
5.0 out of 5 stars Jhumpa Lahiri
Again the most fantastic collection of short stories that opens the world up without cultural boundaries. She is a fantastic writer
Published 6 months ago by IS
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author!
One of the most interesting works by Jhumpa Lahiri. I liked it more than her prized Interpreter of maladies. She is great writer!!
Published 6 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Not as good as some of her others.
I bought this book because I love The Interpreter of Maladies. 'A Temporary Affair' remains one of the most wonderful and poignant short stories I have ever read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rhoda Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away
I was absolutely blown away by this book. I have never read Lahiri before though I have seen The Namesake. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Patel
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback