Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Interpreter of Maladies

There is a definite sadness in every story, yet Jhumpa Lahiri dazzles you with profoundly subtle prose. I am always amazed by the mastery of restraint required in order to produce a collection of short stories that are both so vividly moving and alive.

"Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination." (The Third and Final Continent, Interpreter of Maladies, p. 198)

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