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What the community says about Interpreter of Maladies
- "Jhumpa Lahiri has given us a breathtakingly beautiful collection of stories that certainly deserves the Pulitzer Prize. She writes like a dream and brings you into the worlds of her stories so effectively. She certainly is a writer of enormous talent and I only hope she gives us more work soon. All the stories in this collection concern the culture clash between America and India. Clash is perhaps too strong a word. It is more like the two worlds are bumping into one another, trying to make some sense of the other. As with any collection, some stories are stronger than others (although none are weak). The first and last were my favorites. The first--A Temporary Matter--deals with a young couple coping with the stillbirth of their first child and the disintegration of their marriage during a week of hour long blackouts. The last--The Third and Final Continent--is told by an Indian man of his first days in Boston, before and after he brought his new bride to the country. All of these stories are beautifully rendered. I highly recommend this collection."
- "- There is such a wealth of information available for travellers heading to India, it is often hard to know where to start. While travel guides offer useful travellers' tips, nothing can get under the skin of the country quite like these books. From classic novels that have been reprinted several times to Man Booker ."
- "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 culture 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. She is an important and powerful new voice."
- "As somebody who loves to read American literature, I feel that my reading habits are biased towards white authors. Noticing this, I sought out multi-ethnic authors in the genre. The anthropology put together, Interpreter of Maladies, was a wonderful introduction to various multi-ethnic authors, showing me how multi-ethnic authors offer a unique perspective from within American literature. "
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