- Taschenbuch: 198 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK; Auflage: New Ed (1. Mai 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0006551793
- ISBN-13: 978-0007718696
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,3 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 129 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 27.965 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Interpreter of Maladies. Stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond. (Flamingo) (Roman) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2000
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Audio CD.
`Lahiri has an extraordinary voice'Salman Rushdie`Jhumpa Lahiri is the kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person you see and say"Read this!"She's a dazzling storyteller with a distinctive voice, an eye for nuance, an ear for irony. She is one of the finest short story writers I've read.'AMY TAN`Jhumpa Lahiri's strong, subtle short story collection is a debut to relish.'GuardianAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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It may be that the author is too Westernized. The closest to culture that I found was "The Real Durwan" - one of two stories that wasn't focused on Western influence on Indian life. One reader previously indicated this book was in the line of Roy's "God of Small Things" - which is true, but not something to boast about, and at least this book comes in smaller doses.
I had a hard time liking any of the characters - which may be because the stories were never written in true first person even when written from the storyteller's perspective. The only story I found truly entertaining was "This Blessed House" just because it was extremely absurd and Twinkle - so likable.
In response to the "Gentle Breeze" review - I found a few mixed up facts. Lillia is a little girl in "When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine". Most of the stories were not centered around "insignificant" circumstances - unless you call leaving your spouse, being torn from your family, adultery, poverty, and severe illnesses "insignificant". And I am pretty sure Mr. Kapasi was pretty relieved when his address fluttered away - since Mrs. Das didn't want him sexually, just wanted him to "Interpret" her sorry life and make her feel better - which is the only thing Mr. Kapasi gained from the incident - a realization that he had the ability as an interpreter for a doctor to have a significant impact on others' lives.
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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