Interpreter of Maladies: First impressions
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For such a short book, it's incredibly rich writing. I'm only a few pages in, but am really looking forward to this.
I love the flow of Lahiri's words. It makes for a very delightful read.
Not to say Lahiri doesn't have her own narrative style. But, all writers have their influences.
Anyway, I'm going to pick up the book again to follow along with the discussion. Last year, I read The Lowland and there were parts of it I had a bit of a problem with (plotwise only).
I find in all three have an ability to express so much with so few words.
If you enjoy Jhumpa Lahiri and are interested in the Indian point of view,
I highly recommend Rohinton Mistry.
> 17 Have still only finished the first three stories, but it seems, regarding your comment about the stories being melancholy, that the particular kind of melancholy in these first three has to do with people always making assumptions about what the people around them are thinking that are wrong. Which creates an (inevitable?) gap in intimate relationships. 1) The husband who suddenly discovers that his wife has been making plans to move without mentioning it, 2) the girl whose youthful inexperience blocks a realistic view of the larger world, even as Mr. Pirada tries to explain it to her, and then 3) the funny--and too true!--imaginings of the Interpreter/guide who silently experiences a non-existant but "deep" understanding/romance between himself and the wife among his current tourists--while she is nothing if not totally self-absorbed.
So here's a *spoiler* for the third story: : D
At first I thought the story of the interpreter would be funny, but for me anyway, it turned into one of a lonely man's intense longing for affection that leads him to fantasize a relationship out of nothing but the interested questioning and conversation from a married woman who he already knows is horrible. The fact that she showed interest in his life, that she displayed some respect for his job when no one else did, was something he grabbed and showed him to be a desperate man.
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