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Interpreter of Maladies: Stories (1999)

by Jhumpa Lahiri

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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.

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TGBC. Alright. Read for my book group. Well written and easy to read stories but the didn't really grab me except "The third and final continent", which l enjoyed. ( )
  SteveMcI | May 26, 2023 |
Stories that convey the Indian immigrant experience and the subtle ways we all interact with one another in a masterful style. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Apr 28, 2023 |
I had selected this one to read on a whim after going through some of the older books on my TBR, only to realize quickly that it was written by the same author as Whereabouts, which I had read only a couple weeks prior.

Overall, I was delighted by this one. I can't help but compare the two books, and I thought this was a lot stronger than Whereabouts. The characters had a ton of depth and dynamics for being in short stories. The stories were varied in their plots and characters, yet held a strong emotional and cultural core that I really enjoyed. Overall, this was a great collection, and I really liked it. ( )
1 vote HannahRenea | Apr 25, 2023 |
I am totally biased when it comes to this author. To me, her writing is just so evocative. I feel like she transports me into a scene completely, and that she can make anything seem plausible.

Interpreter of Maladies is a book of short stories, mostly involving Indian characters who are living in the U.S., usually Boston. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the Indian culture with the American setting - - and especially Boston where I went to college.

That being said, I don't always "get" short stories. I enjoy them tremendously, but sometimes I just feel as though I have no idea what the point is that the author is trying to make with the story. Sometimes I find this frustrating, but with Lahiri, I just find it intriguing.

A book of short stories will probably never be five stars for me because there are always a few that I don't care for or find dull, but Interpreter of Maladies contained mostly winners. I was especially intrigued by the story about the boy and his babysitter who couldn't drive. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
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  Rosareads | Feb 26, 2023 |
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In this accomplished collection of stories, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the lives of people on two continents -- North America and India -- and in doing so announces herself as a wonderfully distinctive new voice. Indeed, Ms. Lahiri's prose is so eloquent and assured that the reader easily forgets that ''Interpreter of Maladies'' is a young writer's first book.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lahiri, Jhumpaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooley, StevenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahlström, EvaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emeis, MarijkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Overholtzer, RobertDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sjöstrand, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Starnone, DomenicoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my parents and for my sister
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The notice informed them that it was a temporary matter: for five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at eight P.M.
While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my achievement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and I am certainly not the first. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.
As stunned as I was, I knew what I had to say. With no hesitation at all, I cried out, "Splendid!"
In fact, the only thing that appeared three-dimensional about Boori Ma was her voice: brittle with sorrows, as tart as curds, and shrill enough to grate meat from a coconut.
He wondered if Mr. and Mrs. Das were a bad match, just as he and his wife were. Perhaps they, too, had little in common apart from three children and a decade of their lives. The signs he recognized from his own marriage were there--the bickering, the indifference, the protracted silences.
In its own way this correspondence would fulfill his dream, of serving as an interpreter between nations.
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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.

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A Temporary Matter -- When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine -- Interpreter of Maladies -- A Real Durwan -- Sexy -- This Blessed House -- The Treatment of Bibi Haldar -- The Third and Final Continent
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