Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Started March 30, 2006
Finished April 4, 2006
Published in 2000
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.