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Monday, September 10, 2007

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

This is about a man who is very well educated who lives in India and who gives tours to tourists. He believes that his learning of language has gone to waste as he not only gives tours but also is a physician's assistant in interpreting native language and doctors words.

Mr. and Mrs. Das are on vacation with their two children and have Mr. Kapasi as their tour guide mainly because he speaks English. Mrs. Das becomes fascinated with Mr. Kapasi because he interprets a language that few others can to a doctor who listens to natives with all sorts of maladies. Mr. Kapasi, in turn, has a crush on Mrs. Das. They end up talking alone together. Mrs. Das unburdens herself of a lifelong secret and Mr. Kapasi doesn't know how to respond. Their exchange is both humorous yet thought provoking. She believes that due to his profession as an interpreter of maladies that he would be able in some way to console her to help her with her problems. This author does a fantastic job of describing feelings through glances, thoughts, and images.

1 comment:

shersy said...

Interesting sounding story! Also interesting the way some feel like they need to "unload" and end up burdening someone else who doesn't know what to do with the load :) Just a little philosophical today I guess :)