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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Nov 16, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-that-cling-to-me
Recommended to Gabrielle by: Class requirement
Read from March 29 to 30, 2012 — I own a copy

Jhumpa Lahiri's writing is so striking that I often find myself staring at the wall, dazed by the words I have just read. "A Temporary Matter" was one of the first short stories I ever read as a budding English major, and it never fails to leave me affected. This collection is a must-read for anyone, if for no other reason than to experience the telling of a story. The last short story in the collection ends with these perfect, weighty lines:

"I know that my achievement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eater, 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"


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