Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

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23 Critic Reviews

Interpreter of Maladies is a work to be admired, savored, and enjoyed, and should take its place among the best of American literature. It is an important to work have there, because it interprets for us the world of one of our latest immigrant populations.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of three previous works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake and, most recently, Unaccustomed Earth. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012.






























Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY






























Author Hometown: London; Rhode Island
 
Published May 22, 2000 by Mariner Books. 209 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 5

Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 31 1999

Lahiri's touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Jul 18 2006

Interpreter of Maladies is a work to be admired, savored, and enjoyed, and should take its place among the best of American literature. It is an important to work have there, because it interprets for us the world of one of our latest immigrant populations.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Nancy Fontaine on Jul 18 2006

Interpreter of Maladies is a work to be admired, savored, and enjoyed, and should take its place among the best of American literature. It is an important to work have there, because it interprets for us the world of one of our latest immigrant populations.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by hfdratch on Jan 11 2006

Jhumpa Lahiri is the teller of tales and the interpreter of maladies. She writes of the feelings, the fears, the confusions of the immigrant experience.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Jami Edwards on Jan 22 2011

With each story she draws believable characters in both ordinary and extraordinary situations, making the task seem sweetly effortless in the process...INTERPRETER OF MALADIES takes us beyond our own imaginations and we are all the better for it.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Astha on Nov 27 2015

Lahiri’s frank discussion of taboo issues in the lives of men and women from strictly conservative backgrounds creates a striking contradiction within her prose which will compel you to question these characters’ obligations to a culture they know little of but are irreversibly tied to for eternity.

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Reviewed by TheBookThief on Nov 27 2015

...although this sensation swelled up inside of me several times, I found I was content. I discovered that as I stepped out of bed I was not greeted by those cold shivers, but instead I was greeted by indifferent warmth. The stories’ incompleteness made "Interpreter of Maladies" all the more complete.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by archen07 on Nov 27 2015

I feel Lahiri's stories are sometimes left unresolved. ­Although they don't have a glaringly obvious dramatic structure, I found myself occasionally flipping pages after the ending, thinking, Now what happens?

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by archen07 on Sep 29 2014

I feel Lahiri's stories are sometimes left unresolved. ­Although they don't have a glaringly obvious dramatic structure, I found myself occasionally flipping pages after the ending, thinking, Now what happens? In many, I was left with the feeling that the character had changed, but I had not seen conclusive proof of it.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Ruchi Chandra on Apr 05 2010

All an all an amazing collection, wonderful narration and very simplistic language which puts a reader at ease. Definitely worth a read!

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EzineArticles

Above average
Reviewed by Kalyan Banerjee on Jul 14 2007

The only worthless story is that of a couple who keep on finding several 'blessed' objects like statues of Jesus and Mary, or a tablecloth with Jesus and the like. I hate to see such a story in this, otherwise, excellent book.

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Things Mean a Lot

Excellent
Reviewed by Ana S. on Mar 28 2008

Jhumpa Lahiri is clearly a writer of great perception, and of equally great precision. Nothing in her stories is overstated, and her wording is always exactly right. What really won me over, though, was how superb her characterization is.

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The Blue Bookcase

Good
Reviewed by Connie on Dec 07 2015

One of the glories of a short story collection is that you can take however long you want to read it. You can do so one story at a time, or sit down and read the whole book at once, because the stories do have common threads weaving it together in a carefully ordered progression.

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Rebecca Reads

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on May 05 2008

Amazingly, this collection is the author’s first published book. It’s amazing to me because each story is completely captivating, with well-developed, believable characters—so well-written and creative that it won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2000.

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Shelf Love

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny on Feb 23 2011

There was so much possibility in it, so many cultural problems ready to spill out. But not quite. The story remained superficial, and we were told instead of shown how Sanjeev decided to feel at the end.

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Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Jun 18 2008

Some of the other stories I didn’t enjoy as much, but I was still able to appreciate the characters in every one. I highly recommend this collection, and am looking forward to reading Lahiri’s latest book, Unaccustomed Earth.

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Write Meg

Excellent
Reviewed by Meg on Jan 13 2009

I felt an immediate connection with each of the story’s characters, and felt sad and nostalgic by the time I reached the final page of “The Third and Final Continent.” It made me want to read The Namesake all over again. And perhaps I will.

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You've GOTTA Read This

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandy Nawrot on Jul 30 2009

From these stories, it is easy to establish that Lahiri is a student of the human condition...no matter what the topic, Lahiri portrays it with elegance and grace. This is truly a work of art.

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Above average
Reviewed by Wendy Runyon on Feb 17 2010

I wasn't quite as enamored with the title story..."Interpreter of Maladies" is a complex story and Mr. Kapasi goes through several levels of thoughts and feelings throughout its course. Lahiri yet again captures the essence of her characters and brings them to life, flawed and vulnerable but not weak.

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The Mookse and the Gripes

Good
Reviewed by Trevor Berrett on Apr 13 2009

It remains one of my favorite stories; more than that, it remains one of my favorite experiences with a work of literature.

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A Striped Armchair

Above average
on Nov 30 2011

While I didn’t quite love the whole collection, when Lahiri is on, she’s on...I suppose the danger of rereading is that books, and indeed authors, might lose a bit their lustre. I would still recommend this book...

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The Bibliobrat

Excellent
Reviewed by JC on Oct 22 2008

As I stated in an earlier post, this book has got to be one of the better Pulitzer Prize Winners I have read in some time. In addition, I have not read many Short Story collections this year even though I had planned to. I am glad I decided that this should change. This was a wonderful book...

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chasing bawa

Good
on Apr 01 2010

Let me just say that I love short stories. There’s something complete about them...Lahiri’s writing is gentle yet packs a great emotional punch.

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