Interpreter of Maladies


Lahiri, Jhumpa

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Interpreter of Maladies
Stories about Indians in India and America. The story, A Temporary Matter, is on mixed marriage, Mrs. Sen's is on the adaptation of an immigrant to the U.S., and in the title story an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin,, [1999]
Copyright Date: ♭1999
ISBN: 9780618101368
Characteristics: 198 pages ;,21 cm


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Jan 10, 2015
  • Cas22 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If one of the main reasons for reading is to experience lives other than our own, then Jhumpa Lahiri's short stories succeed admirably. We are given intimate and vivid glimpses of the lives of Indians both in the USA and in their mother country. But, if much of the joy of reading comes from a well-rounded tale with a satisfying ending, then the author doesn't always deliver.

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.

Sep 10, 2011

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Oct 14, 2010
  • ewakk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent, very intricate writing. Enjoyed it immensely.

Jan 07, 2009

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

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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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