I didn't think I was going to enjoy this collection of short stories at all. It didn't seem like my sort of book but I was pleasantly surprised, as I have been with most of the books I've had to read for University.
The Interpreter of Maladies focuses heavily on the Indian diaspora, exoticism and what it means to belong to nowhere at the same time as having two homes.
I didn't love every single story but I did enjoy most of them. There was a range of situations explored including those with different generations of immigrants and how they dealt with acclimatising to their new surroundings. One of my favourites was The Blessed House. A first generation American couple have moved in after getting married. Twinkle is very westernised but her husband, Sanjeev, doesn't approve of and is often quite embarrassed by her behaviour. In this house they begin to find effigies and posters relating to Christianity. Which Twinkle wants to keep in the house and Sanjeev does not. It's incredibly interesting to see how race and religion is explored throughout these stories.
A really easy read and quick to fly through whilst still being thought provoking!
Name: The Interpreter of Maladies
Author(s): Jhumpa Lahiri
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