Book #23 for 2006

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Rated 10/10
Started March 30, 2006
Finished April 4, 2006
Published in 2000
198 Pages
Recommended by Andi
Genre: Short Stories
Owned and will keep forever and ever

When I grow up, I want to write like this woman.

I'm so surprised by myself. For most of my life, I have avoided short stories. There were a few I liked; Everyday Use by Alice Walker, A Worn Path by Eudora Welty, A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor. But I mostly avoided them because a lot of them felt like they were trying to say things without saying them…that doesn't make sense. I mean, it felt like I was being beat over the head with symbolism that I just wasn't getting. I read for stories and I don't usually like working for it. 

But these past few months, I have tried short stories again. My attention span hasn't been what it used to be and short stories have been just the ticket. And I have begun a love affair with them and this short story collection by Lahiri is the epitome of them all. Not only is the writing amazing, superb, jaw-droppingly overwhelmingly fantastic; but I actually learned things I didn't know about Indians and their culture. This woman is the most amazing writer. Not a word was wasted, not a trivial image thrown in, everything was neat, tidy and in it's place. That's not to say it was predictable, because none of these stories were what I expected. Best book of the year so far.

4 thoughts on “Book #23 for 2006

  1. Speaking of recommendations. I saw Twilight at Hastings the other night, didn't get it because of the cost. I went back this weekend and it was GONE. BOTH COPIES!!! I'm so ticked.

    And I pulled The Position down for fun reading. Alas, I think it'll be May before it actually happens, though.

  2. I want to buy Twilight, but I'm trying to wait for the paperback. I read that it will have the first chapter of the next book in it. Plus, I don't feel so bad marking up a paperback. I hate writing in hardbacks. Feels so…dirty.

    Yay The Position! I hope you like it!

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