Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Interpreter of Maladies

Title: Interpreter of Maladies
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Published: 1999
Publisher: Mariner Book
Format: paperback, 198 pages.
Rating: T

A friend of mine from GRI Malang loves reading books adorned with prize, like Pulitzer and Bookman or whatever is it. She said she loved Jhumpa Lahiri. Mbak Dania, my friend, had a great taste in books that I wanted to peek at Lahiri's work aside from the short story "Brotherly Love" I got from bukukata.

I was a litle bit disappointing at first because the first story was so chick-lit-ish, "Is this a romance book?", as you know I shy away from romance. Then as the story unfold, I began to like how Lahiri created the setting and she did write beautifully.

Intrepeter of Maladies is that kind of book I keep reading despite not liking the characters the author has created. I failed to understand Twinkle with her knack to piss her husband for they were not Christian but Twinkle wanted to keep the blaring Christian stuffs left by previous owner. I failed to understand people who drove Boori Ma away after all she did for them. It was sad that the Bibi Haldar had to get raped to get cured. World is cruel place.