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Interpreter of Maladies

Title: Interpreter of Maladies
By: Jhumpa Lahiri

A well-written short story is a precious pearl and in this collection, you have a delicate string of pearls. Jhumpa Lahiri's collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Lahiri writes about people who are balancing the cultures and values of India and the United States...sometimes in one world, sometimes in the other, sometimes in both. Each of her characters is elegantly and tenderly drawn and they are each people the reader cares about. Jhumpa Lahiri is a young writer with many stories to tell. Don't miss this remarkable first collection.

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Posted by Ruby Boggs on Oct. 7, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.
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September 5, 2012 at 10:25 p.m.:

I agree with you on Lahiri's characters, even thugoh I love Lahiri's prose. I gobbled up The Namesake. But I was disappointed with Gogol/Nikhil's own confusion over his name, and the narrator's confusion over it, as well. Does Gogol/Nikhil himself prefer Gogol , or not?The narrator clearly prefers Gogol, since he/she refers to him by that name throughout, even after he legally changes it. Gogol/Nikhil has clear affection for his original name, since he never insists upon Nikhil, even after he legally becomes Nikhil. Why the confusion? Both names are western, so it's hard to see either of them as a symbol of his Indian heritage. For me, this confusion marrs the story, since it leaves Gogol/Nikhil himself vague as a character. All of the female characters are more better defined, less ambiguous.

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