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Interpreter of Maladies

16 Ratings: 3.6
A book by Jhumpa Lahiri

Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri's title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, … see full wiki

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Mariner Books
5 reviews about Interpreter of Maladies
review by . May 06, 2013
An impressive and elegant debut collection of short fiction. Pulitzer worthy.
Interpreter of Maladies is a remarkable first book that details the Indian-American immigrant experience as well as issues stemming from the process of Americanization and assimilation, for there are anxieties, bouts of loneliness to a plethora of other problems-and they are not always easily fixed-especially when it's with a wider mentality of "you" against the world and society.      Written with such pristine clarity, each story is quite capable of sweeping …
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
In truth, I'm not quite finished with the book, but the majority that I have read is fantastic.
Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Several great stories.
review by . January 08, 2009
This collection of nine stories was the choice for our January book club. Jhumpa Lahiri is a talented storyteller and the topic of "maladies," which is woven through each tale, made for interesting discussion. The stories are character-rich and are set in both India and the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Regardless of the setting, Lahiri's description is filled with minute, sensory-oriented detail. The characters become three dimensional as they share what humors and ails them. All are …
review by . July 17, 2001
Interpreter of Maladies is a poignant collection of short stories. Written in a straightforward yet evocative prose, most of the stories are of bittersweet loss -- yet loss that is not catastrophic, but is instead almost nostalgic. All the stories interweave losses or troubles that all of us either face or can readily identify with, with a future that is happy -- happy in the normal, everyday sense that people are happy. (There are some exceptions to this.)And Lahiri does a excellent job of telling …
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