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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri The short story collection entitled Interpreter of Maladies is a powerful novel featuring characters caught between cultures, families and often identities. Jhumpa Lahiri as the writer and omniscient observer sympathises with the plight of such characters, having felt herself a sense of identity crisis.

The collection won a pulitzer prize and I believe that it is firmly deserved. The prose is powerfully moving and emotional providing insight into how culture, or a lack of, influences individuals.

I personally found however that I could not relate to many of the instances described within the book interesting and beautifully written as the stories were. I have never been an ex-patriot, I have never truly suffered through identity crisis and I have no firm grasp of cultures as Lahiri depicts them.

The tales within, however, are beautifully and elaborately constructed and deserve much applause. Lahiri clearly has a firm grasp of language when she can place words together in sentences like: "Her soliloquies mawkish, her sentiments maudlin, malaise dripped like a fever from her pores." Perhaps if the tales within had mirrored my own circumstances or had struck me with greater emotional depth then I may have enjoyed this collection all the more. But that is my personal sentiment.