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Interpreter of Maladies
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2000
Refreshingly filling collection of short stories. One of the above descriptions describes the characters as being "in exile". This is a glass half empty/full deal. Are they exiled from their homeland or immigrants to the new world. These are the experiences not just of Indians in America but also Italians, Chinese, Jews worldwide. Lahiri's book resonates with equal measures of wisdom and wide-eyed wonder on human subjects such as loss, infidelity, arranged marriage and single parenting. In Lahiri's worlds life is not about getting answers, it is experiential and always hopeful.
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on 12 February 2015
Whereas Alice Munroe zooms in on small-town Canadian lives, Lahiri homes in on the Indian community of Canada thus opening up the horizons that often seem so narrow in Munroe. As with the older writer, however, the authorial voice remains kind and generous in the face of her characters' failings. Her humanity shines all the way through these stories.
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on 12 January 2014
This is a beautifully written book of compelling short stories. Jhumpa Lahiri is an extraordinary writer who's short stories in particular take one into worlds that resonate across cultures. I love giving this book as a present and almost wish I could start reading it as if I had never read it before although rereading it is a great pleasure too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is exquisitely simple and elegant. The stories convey immense kindness and the characters are shown in such sensitive and compassionate light that they feel like friends or neighbours rather than fictional types. The best book that I have read in many, many years.
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on 19 July 2000
Superb book, that is moody and sensual. It conveys the issues surrounding the lives of Indian people living inside and outside of their native country. I am married to an Indian woman and this book so much encapsulates the attititudes of different layers of the Indian population
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on 18 March 2014
This was my first introduction to Lahiri, and as a result I gobbled up all of her subsequent works - these are wonderful stories stretching between the traditional homeland and the American diaspora, bringing both to life with simple descriptions that pack a punch.
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on 25 August 2013
Beautifully written stories that have a depth that is often difficult to capture in short stories. For the Indian diaspora, there is a lot to relate to in this book and Lahiri's others (Unaccustomed Earth being one of my favourites) and comes highly recommended.
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on 19 January 2014
lovely book which I really enjoyed. some of the stories are a little sad but still good, others are heart warming. I liked reading short stories - if you aren't so keen on lone you can move onto the next one quickly.
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on 4 May 2014
Each story is so interesting and well written. She has such attention to detail, but in an easy, unobtrusive way. Such insight into human relationships and human beings. I learned a lot! Highly recommended.
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on 14 August 2013
really nice collection of short stories, very easy to read only fault I wish it was longer, this book won't disappoint. If you like Indian writers this is a must!!
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