Interpreter of Maladies

Lahiri, Jhumpa (Book - 1999 )
Interpreter of Maladies

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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.
Authors: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Title: Interpreter of maladies
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Characteristics: 198 p. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "A Mariner Original."
Contents: A temporary matter
When Mr. Pirzada came to dine
Interpreter of maladies
A real durwan
Mrs. Sen's
This blessed house
The treatment of Bibi Haldar
The third and final continent.
Local Note: 6 15 16 53 112 118 129 133 143 151 167 173 203 210 211 216 226 228 250 264 276
ISBN: 9780395927205
Statement of Responsibility: Jhumpa Lahiri
Subject Headings: East Indian Americans Social life and customs Fiction.
Topical Term: East Indian Americans
LCCN: 98050895
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Aug 03, 2014
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While I did enjoy these stories, I felt that none lived up to the promise of the very first tale in the book. Such an amazing story, engagingly told. Nothing else in the book touched it, for me anyway, though I did enjoy the other stories. Would recommend this collection - a good read.

Mar 05, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

These are some really good short stories.

Jan 08, 2014
  • sbkaur rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

After 4-5 stories, there is a dull ache for the reader. Great writing, but a sameness to the characters and themes.

Dec 28, 2013
  • msmigels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ms. Lahiri’s stories are absorbing and her plots elegantly constructed; she has the ability to create masterful stories using such unlikely contexts. As I finished most of them, I wished each story had been developed into a whole novel.

Dec 26, 2013
  • rmbelyea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

.Wonderful collection of short stories! My book club enjoyed discussing how the stories made us think about being an outsider, the great circle of life and finding hope & forgiveness. Not to mention some unforgettable characters!

Aug 16, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loaned to me by a coworker. Don't normally enjoy short stories, but these were great. Really touching, amazing writing.

Jan 17, 2012
  • BrigidScott rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved these stories. What are the odds that her first time up at bat, she hits a HOME RUN!!!?

A very good collection of short stories. My favorite story is the first one. It touched my heart.

Mar 20, 2008
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer prize for fiction.
PEN/Hemingway Award. New Yorker Debut of the Year. American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award. Nominated for the LA Times Book Prize.


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Mar 14, 2008
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Dec 26, 2013
  • rmbelyea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"How about telling each other something we've never told before." (from A Temporary Matter)


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