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Interpreter of Maladies [Kindle Edition]

Jhumpa Lahiri
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Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri's title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, the young couple in "A Temporary Matter" whose marriage is crumbling in the wake of a stillborn child. Or Miranda in "Sexy," who is involved in a hopeless affair with a married man. But Mr. Kapasi has problems enough of his own; in addition to his regular job working as an interpreter for a doctor who does not speak his patients' language, he also drives tourists to local sites of interest. His fare on this particular day is Mr. and Mrs. Das--first-generation Americans of Indian descent--and their children. During the course of the afternoon, Mr. Kapasi becomes enamored of Mrs. Das and then becomes her unwilling confidant when she reads too much into his profession. "I told you because of your talents," she informs him after divulging a startling secret.
I'm tired of feeling so terrible all the time. Eight years, Mr. Kapasi, I've been in pain eight years. I was hoping you could help me feel better; say the right thing. Suggest some kind of remedy.
Of course, Mr. Kapasi has no cure for what ails Mrs. Das--or himself. Lahiri's subtle, bittersweet ending is characteristic of the collection as a whole. Some of these nine tales are set in India, others in the United States, and most concern characters of Indian heritage. Yet the situations Lahiri's people face, from unhappy marriages to civil war, transcend ethnicity. As the narrator of the last story, "The Third and Final Continent," comments: "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." In that single line Jhumpa Lahiri sums up a universal experience, one that applies to all who have grown up, left home, fallen in or out of love, and, above all, experienced what it means to be a foreigner, even within one's own family. --Alix Wilber

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Mr. Kapasi, the protagonist of Jhumpa Lahiri's title story, would certainly have his work cut out for him if he were forced to interpret the maladies of all the characters in this eloquent debut collection. Take, for example, Shoba and Shukumar, the young couple in "A Temporary Matter" whose marriage is crumbling in the wake of a stillborn child. Or Miranda in "Sexy," who is involved in a hopeless affair with a married man. But Mr. Kapasi has problems enough of his own; in addition to his regular job working as an interpreter for a doctor who does not speak his patients' language, he also drives tourists to local sites of interest. His fare on this particular day is Mr. and Mrs. Das--first-generation Americans of Indian descent--and their children. During the course of the afternoon, Mr. Kapasi becomes enamored of Mrs. Das and then becomes her unwilling confidant when she reads too much into his profession. "I told you because of your talents," she informs him after divulging a startling secret.
I'm tired of feeling so terrible all the time. Eight years, Mr. Kapasi, I've been in pain eight years. I was hoping you could help me feel better; say the right thing. Suggest some kind of remedy.
Of course, Mr. Kapasi has no cure for what ails Mrs. Das--or himself. Lahiri's subtle, bittersweet ending is characteristic of the collection as a whole. Some of these nine tales are set in India, others in the United States, and most concern characters of Indian heritage. Yet the situations Lahiri's people face, from unhappy marriages to civil war, transcend ethnicity. As the narrator of the last story, "The Third and Final Continent," comments: "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." In that single line Jhumpa Lahiri sums up a universal experience, one that applies to all who have grown up, left home, fallen in or out of love, and, above all, experienced what it means to be a foreigner, even within one's own family. --Alix Wilber

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Der Leser von Jhumpa Lahiri's Debütwerk „Interpreter of Maladies" wird von einer großen Themenvielfalt überzeugt, die ansprechend und faszinierend zugleich ist. Der multikulturelle Aspekt ist nur ein Thema von vielen; Gedanken über Heirat, Glück oder Alleinsein sind der Beziehung emigrierter Inder zu ihrem alten Heimatland in ihrer Bedeutung gleichgesetzt. Lahiri schreibt eben nicht nur über indisches Leben, sondern beschreibt eine Vielzahl von sympathischen Charakteren und deren private Probleme, die durchaus glaubwürdig gezeichnet wurden und denen sich der Leser nur schwer entziehen kann. Es ist außerdem die Breite an Situationen, die den Leser von Lahiris Talent überzeugt und ihn auf den kommenden Roman neugierig werden lässt. Der Wechsel zwischen den Perspektiven und sogar der kulturellen Identität spricht für eine tiefe Vorstellungskraft und ein Einfühlungsvermögen der Autorin, die nicht selbstverständlich sind. Die Figuren und deren Erlebnisse entspringen fast immer einem indischem Hintergrund, jedoch ist alles so beschrieben und erklärt, dass man sich dem multikulturellen Amerika näher fühlt und Probleme der Einwanderung besonders für Menschen der zweiten Generation besser versteht. Die Texte sind produktiv und so kann der Leser auch die dargestellten Geschehnisse aus dem spezifischen indisch-amerikanischen Kontext befreien und sie sich überall vorstellen. Genau das macht Lahiris Schreiben aus: ein komplexes Verständnis von der Art des Menschen, verpackt in einem Stil, der auch wiederholtes Lesen des gleichen Textes erlaubt und dessen Faszination sich nicht verliert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nostalgic, Romantic and Great Prose 31. Juli 2000
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When I first received a copy from my brother, who sent it to me from Amazon, I was not sure what this was about. Many Indian authors who live in the US and write about lives of Indians in the US had disappointed me earlier, especially a book by much coveted Mrs. Bharati Mukherjee. When I started reading the book, I was completely taken by surprise, by the nostalgic undertones, the romanticism of the immigrants towards their long lost home, and relations., and more. The first story did not strike me that much, where a couple's relationship goes through crescendo of a kind I am not familiar with but when that culminated in crisis I am more familiar with, I felt the strength in the story telling. However, the most moving stories for me, are "Mr. Pirzada came to dine", which portray's a tormented soul who is in the middle of a war, and watching the war on TV, happening in his homeland, and his family is stuck back there, "Mrs. Sen", the loneliness of a housewife of an Indian person who came to US to work at a University, and the last story, which trouched me the most.
Since then, I have gifted copies of this book to many relatives and friends. When I visited India this April, I took a copy for one of my Aunt, and just after I reached there, before presenting my Aunt with the gift, I read in the local newspaper that Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer award for this book. This of course underscored the importance of the book in the minds of people who were yet to read at that time. For people like me, my brother, my cousin, and all, who read it not so long ago, we still have the vivid memory of the great feeling and impact it has left on us.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful stories 27. Juli 2000
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Jhumpa Lahiri writes well, with a great economy of words, in a simple and direct manner. In a few pages, she is able to paint a few complete characters. Although she has a good knowledge of Calcutta and India for one who was brought up and lived all her life away from India, one or two things about India are not correct. The language of Orissa in not `Orissi' (Interpreter of Maladies) but `Oriya'---Orissi is a dance form of Orissa. It is `Mandeville Gardens' not `Mandeville Road' in Calcutta (This Blessed House).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fremde Welten 23. November 2000
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Was kann Literatur leisten? Wenn die hoechste Leistung eines Schriftstellers darin besteht, Interesse fuer Menschen und Situationen zu wecken, die dem Leser fremd sind, dann hat Jhumpa Lahiri den Pultizer-Preis wahrlich verdient. Ihre Kurzgeschichten handeln von indischen Immigranten in den USA, eine dem "normalen" Europaer voellig gleichgueltige Gesellschaftsgruppe. Doch Lahiris Art zu erzaehlen, macht jede einzelne Story wertvoll. Meine liebste ist wahrscheinlich jene, die dem Band den Namen gab: Der "Uebersetzer der Krankheiten", ein indischer Touristenfuehrer, der nebenbei als Uebersetzer fuer einen Arzt arbeitet, trifft auf eine in die USA ausgewanderte Familie. Hier wird sichtbar, wie sehr wir alle von der Kultur unserer Umwelt gepraegt sind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Story telling at its best... 27. Juni 2000
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I loved reading Jhumpa Lahiri's 'Interpreter of Maladies'.
Being an Indian myself, I'm tired of reading books that package India's 'exoticism' to the West. Jhumpa Lahiri's stories do not revolve around the "Indianness" of the characters.India is always in the background, but the characters and their emotions are simply human.
In the 'Interpreter of Maladies', Ms. Lahiri's breathtakingly beautiful, yet simple style of storytelling tells you a story about people who just happen to be Indian.The narrative she employs is very humane, with a lot of attention to detail. The stories are strong and delicate at the same time.
I particularly enjoyed the title story 'Interpreter of Maladies' and the last story 'The Third and Final continent'.
Another aspect of her writing I particularly liked is that she doesn't drown the story in style. The narrative occupies centerstage and the story telling is natural, not contrived.
Looking forward to her next book
Mekhala Vasthare
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Einfühlsam, nüchtern, souverän, ohne Gimmicks
Lahiri schreibt ruhig, lakonisch, einfühlsam, nüchtern, souverän, ohne Gimmicks. Jede Geschichte entwickelt einen Sog, dass man die Lektüre kaum unterbrechen... Lesen Sie weiter...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Namesake & The unaccustom Earth
The Namesake & The unaccustom Earth written by of Jhumpa Lahiri are very good , I haven't read such interesting books since last five years . Best wishes to Mrs. Lahiri .
Vor 16 Monaten von Partha Ghosh veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very profound and moving short story collection
This is a wonderful short story collection by the acclaimed writer Jhumpa Lahiri. Each story is told in such a profound way that it makes a lasting impression. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 2009 von Sissonya
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great!
Wonderful book. It is a pity that all the stories come to an end. Each story could be an own book. It brings the spirit and culture of India and Indian life across. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2002 von Weltveränderer
5.0 von 5 Sternen Salute to a Pulitzer debutante
Firstly, it is hats off to a debutante. 9 Short stories written with so much essence and value.
The book deals with the lives of human beings at differant stages. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Elizabeth Thottan
5.0 von 5 Sternen True, but. . .
I agree that this book leaves you wondering why such a high honor was bestowed upon it. Despite all that, the writing is tremendously good. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2000 von Sea Air
4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful attempt
I picked up Interpreter of Maladies by chance while searching for another book I had in mind. The title drew me, and then, as I randomly opened the pages and browsed, the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen amazing stories
This is far and away one of the best collections of short stories ever written. I can't stop rereading "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dinner. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2000 von Dana Lightstone
3.0 von 5 Sternen Polished and professional
I thought there was a lot to learn from Ms lahiri's book. Firstly - she completely resists the tendency to overwrite or overstate. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
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