Interpreter of Maladies: Book Opinion

Hi guys 🙂

It has been so long since I did a book opinion post. I have read 3 4 books since my last post here but somehow never got around to post about them. Laziness. What else can I say? 🙂

Coming back, this is the 5th book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.

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I am sure absolutely no one thought about this, but if any of you actually do wonder, where’s the 4th book that I read for the challenge, then the answer is that I haven’t managed to complete it, left it mid-way because it is non-fiction which is so difficult for me to complete :P. Yes, I am done with my 7th 8th one but not with this 4th one :P. I will surely get back to completing it soon.

Anyway, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is an award winning book by the writer (and her debut book too). I only knew about the Pulitzer Prize that it won in 2000 but a glance at the book’s wiki page tells me that it has won many other awards. As you may have noticed, these book opinions that I write have the adjectives that I want to give to the book, like good read, amazing read, not fun and things like that. Then, I continue to elaborate on my opinion. That is precisely why these are book ‘opinions’ and not ‘summaries’ or ‘reviews’. Basically, I don’t want to give even a little bit of the plot away. I hate it when I get to know a book’s plot before I read it and I assume same goes for everyone else too. Who wants spoilers, right? I understand that some people like to know a little bit about a book before they start reading it, but I don’t and therefore, I would stick with this method as of now. After much diverting from the topic :D, here’s what I thought of Interpreter of Maladies:

It is a good enough book. It is a short stories collection, I liked the basic stories a lot but not so much the way they progressed. They progressed pretty slow and I could bear with it easily because I liked them otherwise for their Indian-ness and for the emotional events happening in each of them. However, I am sure that many people would find it too slow for their liking. Sometimes, the attention to detail gets a bit too much.Also, personally, I like it a lot more if a story has a clear-cut ending instead of leaving it to reader’s imagination and common sense. If you are anything like me, you will be sad that not many stories have clear cut endings.

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In the end, I just want to say that this is not a marvelous book but a good, emotional read for Indians, especially if they are settled out of India.

Take care & keep smiling 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Interpreter of Maladies: Book Opinion

    • Yeah, I don’t like that that much. What about you though, Krupa? Do you like such endings?

      I am still going to read the rest of the Jhumpa Lahiri’s books because of the Indianism. However, I have not heard very good things about those books.

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