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Interpreter of Maladies review Þ 104 ☆ Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction this stunning debut collection unerringly charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations A writer of uncommon sensitivity and restraintMs Lahiri expertly captures the out of context lives of immigrants eWinner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction this stunning debut collection unerringly charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations A writer of uncommon sensitivity and restraintMs Lahiri expe. How’s this for blurbs when the female author published this collection of short stories at age 32 in 1999 she won the Pulitzer Prize the PenHemingway Award and the New Yorker’s Debut Book of the Year Like the author’s other collection of shorts that I have reviewed Unaccustomed Earth 2008 these stories are about Bengali immigrants in the US from the Bengal area of India around Kolkata formerly Calcutta There are about 250 million Bengalis in the subcontinent about 23 making up the Muslim nation of Bangladesh and about 13 mostly Hindus in West Bengal a state in India But with the exception of two stories these folks are not urban slum dogs they are upper income folks with PhD’s and MD’s who grew up speaking English in India and who came to the USA to be doctors professors and engineers in the high tech beltway bandit firms around Boston They live in Boston townhouses and upscale suburbs And there’s a twist to saying these stories are about “immigrants” because most folks in these stories were fully assimilated into the global upper class before they even arrived in the USAHere’s a sample of what the nine stories are aboutIn the title story a man who is an interpreter of native Indian languages for a doctor is also a tour guide for visitors to India He tells this to a Bengali couple with their kids visiting from the states The wife desperate for someone to confide in thinks he is like a psychological counselor and pours out her secrets shocking the tour guide In “Mrs Sen’s” an eleven year old boy learns the depth of the loneliness of a Bengali woman in Boston who desperately misses her native country and her large extended family back in India“A Real Durwan” is one of two stories set back in India not in the USA A poverty stricken old woman bent with age has a job sweeping the stairwell in an apartment building She sleeps on a pile of rags below the mailboxes As improvements are made to the building the tenants decide they want a real concierge and toss her onto the street In “Sexy” a young Bengali woman listens every day to her Bengali co worker aghast at the infidelity of her cousin’s husband who has left his wife for a younger unmarried woman Although she and the co worker are best of friends the Bengali woman can’t tell her that she herself is having an affair with a married manIn “This Blessed House” a young Bengali couple has just moved into a new home and they keep finding posters of Jesus behind closet doors crosses statues of Mary in the bushes and nativity scenes in nooks and corner Over her husband’s objections the wife collects these and displays them on the mantle “ ‘We’re not Christian’ Sanjeev said Lately he had begun noticing the need to state the obvious to Twinkle” Sanjeev is an introverted engineer And it could just be that life of the party Twinkle despite her poor housekeeping skills could just be the complementary partner Sanjeev needs if he has sense to hold on to her The stories in the author’s collection Unaccustomed Earth were very good but Maladies is excellent No wonder it won so many awards Map from portcitiesorguk

Jhumpa Lahiri ☆ 4 review

Rtly captures the out of context lives of immigrants expatriates and first generation Americans Wall Street Journal In stories that travel from India to America and back again Lahiri speaks with universal elouence to everyone who has ever felt like a f. I usually don't enjoy short stories that much Collections of short stories tend to have stories that are really strong mixed together with ones that aren't and this was no exception I do think the foreward for the kindle edition that I had contributed a lot to my enjoyment of the stories It really helped frame a connecting thread through out each story and tied it back to the title of the collection I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the stories as much without having the foreward highlight the themes to look for or without it explaining what made the collection great I find that often that is the case like i definitely wouldn't have understood the significance and enjoyment of Don uixote without the foreward I do find short stories a lot less satisfying than novels though they lack a certain build up and depth usually that I would get with a novel and I tend to find the endings to them to feel much less strong I don't think the last story The Third and Final Continent was that great and definetly felt like one of the weakest I did like The Treatment of Bibi Haldar This Blessed House Mrs Sen's Interpreter of Maladies and When MrPirzada Came to Diner to name a few I might be forgetting some Anyway the book definitely did a good job exploring themes of cultural differences living in diaspora and a general malaise of life A 45 stars for this one

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Interpreter of MaladiesOreigner Honored as Debut of the Year by the New Yorker and winner of the PENHemingway Award Interpreter of Maladies introduces a young writer of astonishing maturity and insight who breathes unpredictable life into the page New York Timesfrom back cov. In this stirring collection of short stories Jhumpa Lahiri displays the diasporic struggle of men assailed by nightmares of home over the dilemma of assimilating into the new world or holding on to the past culture The author exhibits her majestic power of story telling with such grace and allure that the most wonderful thing happened to me today I seemed to have lost the sense of 'time' while reading this splendid depiction of the plight of the homeless This doesn't happen often I was put into a trance by Lahiri's portrayal of the bereaved couple lamenting the death of their unborn child and confiding their frightful secrets in the dark during an electrical outrage When Mr Pirzada came to dine I as well prayed for the conflicts to come to an end and for the rightful birth of my country When Miranda wronged a stranger the vermillion promising marital bliss threatened me too Along with the girl once gripped by a mysterious ailment I was cured Like the interpreter of maladies I have dreamt of settling disputes of which I alone can understand After all home has beckoned us allMy thoughts have been vigorously rejigged Lahiri's steadfast curiosity about human valor and her beautiful drawing of human spirit have left me stunned