Interpreter of Maladies

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a collection of nine stories that talk about Indian Americans and how they are caught between cultural and generational barriers.

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  • Rakesh Malik
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "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."
  • Benito Cortez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "It is an interesting story of a young indian couples struggles of daily life. It is a touch and moving story of the difficult of adapting to new culture while dealing with the various challenges."
  • Ryan Guzman
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "This is a great collection and should be what you are looking for."
  • Terry Montgomery
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "- 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 ."
  • Henry Keller
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "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."
  • Randy Washington
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "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. "
  • Aaron Patterson
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "I absolutely could not put this book down when I was done with it. It's one of those books you just want to read over multiple times. I'm certain that my copy will be well worn before the year is over. "
  • Patrick Diaz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great collection of short stories which is eloquently written. The stories tug at the heart strings. A great read by an Indian Author. Highly recommend."
  • Louis Ruiz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "if topic does not include novels then this is okay"
  • Larry Richardson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Stories are interesting to read. Whether fact or fiction, I love to get lost in a good one. Interpreter of maladies was everything you could have asked for. I found it engaging and apropro for what I was interested in."

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