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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Apr 03, 11

bookshelves: american-fiction, 2000s-american-fiction, asian-american-fiction
Read in March, 2011

Jhumpa Lahiri probably has more technical chops than almost any other writer working in America today, and that goes double for writers under 50. But I really feel that here talents are best expressed in the short form. The Interpreter of Maladies is a wonderment, and will go down in history as one of the great American short story collections. But when she tries to write a novel, it's almost as if she becomes bored with the form. It just feels like a really long short story. She's able to string together this constellation of gorgeous images and killer lines, but it's not really all that satisfying as a whole. I still enjoyed reading it, if mostly for exposure to Lahiri's technical skills.

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