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April 25, 2010

Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa Lahiri - ISBN - 9780307278258

This is the first book I have read by Lahiri, but it will not be the last. She writes with such grace, emotional insight and feeling that, whatever her choice of subject, the prose lingers on the palate like fine wine. One can even reread passages or whole stories for the sheer delight of so doing.

This particular book is a creation which includes sometimes interrelated short stories, all based upon her Bengali background, but dealing with different people in varying environments, with differing dilemmas, from coast to coast--even Thailand--and pilgrimages to visit family in India on occasion. All deal with some facet of interpersonal relationships: family joy and difficulties, love, marriage, affairs, etc. All are crafted, individually and collectively, with great care and sophistication.

Accolades galore have been heaped upon this extremely talented woman; her books are widely read--with good cause, I discovered--and she has collected a number of awards, including this book, as (a) Best Book of the Year by a variety of commentators including The New York Times.

The less said the better. Read it in order to more fully delight in her intricate plots and appreciate the finest writing. And then, like me, get several of her other books and read them too.

Posted by Curmudgeon at April 25, 2010 1:09 PM