- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (15 May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006551793
- ISBN-13: 978-0007718696
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Interpreter of Maladies Paperback – 15 May 2000
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‘Lahiri has an extraordinary voice’
‘Jhumpa Lahiri is the kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person you see and say
She’s a dazzling storyteller with a distinctive voice, an eye for nuance, an ear for irony. She is one of the finest short story writers I’ve read.’
‘Jhumpa Lahiri’s strong, subtle short story collection is a debut to relish.’
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE 2000
"Jhumpha Lahiri is the kind of writer who makes you want to grab the first person you see and say 'Read this!' She's a dazzling storyteller with a distinctive voice , an eye for nuance , an ear for irony. She is one of the finest short story writers I've read." AMY TAN
"Another side of India emerges when Lahiri sets her stories solely in Calcutta - where her protaganists are not Harvard academics but stair sweepers and outcasts. The nostalgic mist of homesickness lifted, India emerges raw, chaotic and often harsh...After reading three of these stories, I found myself rationing the remaining six, to try to make the book last longer. A lovely collection." Victoria Miller, SCOTSMAN
"The genius of Jhumpha Lahiri's storytelling lies in her restrained drollery, her eye for details, and her tone of wise consolation." Anthony Quinn, HARPERS & QUEEN
"Dazzling writing...Simply put, Lahiri displays a remarkable maturity and ability to imagine other lives. Each story offers something special." USA TODAY
"Strong, subtle...a debut to relish." GUARDIAN
"Jhumpa Lahiri's strength as a writer stems partly from her ability to delineate in telling detail the mores of bith societies... There are at the moment many good writers of Indian origin who recall with troubled nostalgia a past they do not want to return to but somehow hope to resolve by explaining it in fictional form. Lahiri joind the ranks of those whose work goes further and illuminates human nature in general." TLSSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Out of the nine stories, four of them were really great (the first and last being personal favourites), another three were fine reads, and then there were a couple which left you feeling quite short-changed. Some people may be irked by Lahiri's determinedly literal writing style; she goes into detail but keeps the writing frank, which might be off-putting to people who prefer a bit more emotion injected into their writing.
Luckily, Jhumpa Lahiri decided not to rely on any of that. Her writing is simple, understated but yet so powerful. The simplicity doesn't feel contrived at all. It's natural, light and unassuming, but still so satisfying.
My only complaint was the continuous references to food (mustard oil, curry, aubergines, etc) which strayed into the formulaic 'Indian fiction' I mentioned earlier but, to be honest, I only got round to reading this ten years after it was first published in the UK so it could be that all the cliched food stuff came after this was written.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
The reader will long remember the nights that the electricity went out in a neighborhood where Shoba (female) and Shukumar (male) lived. They became emotionally distant after the still born birth of their baby. On the first night, Shukumar prepared a traditional Indian dinner which the couple had not eaten for a long time, not since they grew apart due to the impact of this personal tragedy. Shoba started a little game, of revealing something to her husband that she said he never knew about her. He was expected to reciprocate. Shukumar began to have more intense feelings of love toward his wife after these revelations began. In fact, even after the electricity was fixed ... they continued their "candle light suppers" and "secret revelations". Shukumar was in for a big surprise one night when Shoba laid before him, one of her 'secret revelations'. Read the story to find out what he discovered ...
In another story, we are introduced to Mr. Pirzada, originally from a region of India, which later was partitioned to become Pakistan. He routinely visited an Indian family for dinner and to watch TV, particularly the news, to learn of developments in his homeland. He was a research botanist at a local university and lived in sparse surroundings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite excellent. As a prolific reader of short stories I was immensely impressed with this collection and will be looking to read more by Jhumpa Lahiri.Published 4 months ago by Big Wig
Is it possible that a book about Indians trying to pretend America is India would fail to receive an award?Published 6 months ago by Brodie
The book is in excellent condition for a second hand copy. A brilliant read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 12 months ago by Peckham Gyal
Such clever writing that it fills the aspiring short story writer with complete envy right from the start.Published 13 months ago by SC
I found these stories very interesting. It is intriguing to see people from the Indian subcontinent being portrayed as US residents. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Wulfruna