Now this is a book that I've never seen anyone talk about on booktube or in the book blogging community, and it really surprises me, because this book is awesome. I had to read it for school, and I'm so grateful I did, because if it wasn't for English class, I probably never would've picked it up.
Rating : ☺☺☺☺☺
Do I recommend it : Yes!! It is amazing.
Would I reread it : I already did, so maybe not anymore...
Interpreter of Maladies is an anthology of short stories, all written by Jhumpa Lahiri. This book and her other anthology, Unaccustomed Earth, are very similar, because they are both short stories about immigration, integration, cultural shock, etc. Lahiri is an Indian/American author, so her characters are all from India, who moved to New England.
↙ What I didn't like about the book :
This is pretty hard to say, because of the different stories there were in the book. Some of the stories I found quite boring compared to the others, but despite their dullness, they were still full of morals and they all transmitted different knowledge.
I will say that I also found some of the characters incredibly annoying and a lot of times I couldn't stand them. The stories with annoying characters also seemed to have ended faster than others, and the abrupt endings could've been altered.
↗ What I liked about the book :
This book is so relatable if you're an immigrant, especially from Asia. Being a Chinese immigrant who moved to Canada at 5 years old, I grew up with the difficulties that immigrants lived, for example not fitting in, and having different habits, etc. Lahiri's characters all go through different hardships, and the fact that their lives weren't sugarcoated and that the author didn't give them easier situations was something that I adored from the short stories.
There was also a huge variety of situations. For example, some characters struggled with integrating, whilst some didn't want to. Others were "white-washed" and completely forgot about where they came from, and other characters were still in their hometown. Lahiri offered a wide variety of characters, and each story had an unique cast of protagonists and secondary characters, which made reading each story feel like reading a new book, with the same "vibe" as the one before, so we wouldn't get lost.
Lastly, Lahiri's writing style is one of the best I've ever read. She writes poetically, but not in a way that the reader doesn't understand. Her writing sucks us in, mainly because of how beautiful it is, and she never lacks vocabulary, but isn't vulgar. I usually hate description, but in this book, the descriptions were what kept the story interesting and also different. Every movement of the characters were written down, and instead of being annoying and repetitive, it felt as if we were on the scene of the story.
If you're looking for a short book to read, please pick this one up. It really should get more recognition in the book community, and I would love to see someone else talk about this book on their channel/blog! Thank you for reading,
☺☺☺☺☺ : Flawless
☺☺☺☺☹ : Very good, a few flaws
☺☺☺☹☹ : Enjoyable
☺☺☹☹☹ : Okay, would not reread
☺☹☹☹☹ : Disliked, do not recommend