Customer Reviews for

Interpreter of Maladies

Average Rating 4.5
( 176 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(92)

4 Star

(55)

3 Star

(17)

2 Star

(6)

1 Star

(6)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A guaranteed source of joy, even for thos of us who aren't fans of short stories!

I picked up Interpreter of Maladies after having fallen in love with Lahiri's writing style in The Namesake . I normally am not a fan of the short story, as it usually lacks the depth that comes with getting to know characters over the course of a longer novel. However,...
I picked up Interpreter of Maladies after having fallen in love with Lahiri's writing style in The Namesake . I normally am not a fan of the short story, as it usually lacks the depth that comes with getting to know characters over the course of a longer novel. However, I must say Lahiri manages to capture her readers' feelings and captivates their senses through her short stories in very much the same way she does in The Namesake. Her short stories may give those of us who aren't fans of this style of writing a new appreciation of the art that of luring & engaging readers over the course of only a few pages. This marvelous collection of short stories makes you forget this is Lahiri's very first work!

posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2006

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Want an interesting book to read, then dont read this!

Do you get fustrated when trying to figure something out, and just feel like giving up? Then this book isn't for you!Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is an extremely confusing, complicated, and contemptible series of stories, as it contains unfamiliar settings, m...
Do you get fustrated when trying to figure something out, and just feel like giving up? Then this book isn't for you!Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is an extremely confusing, complicated, and contemptible series of stories, as it contains unfamiliar settings, miscellaneous characters, a displeasing plot, and because the novel was so poorly written it was impossible to make connections throughout the book. Interpreter of Maladies is not a fun book to read.

posted by Anonymous on February 16, 2007

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 17 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Want an interesting book to read, then dont read this!

    Do you get fustrated when trying to figure something out, and just feel like giving up? Then this book isn't for you!Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies is an extremely confusing, complicated, and contemptible series of stories, as it contains unfamiliar settings, miscellaneous characters, a displeasing plot, and because the novel was so poorly written it was impossible to make connections throughout the book. Interpreter of Maladies is not a fun book to read.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Good, fast read

    This book moved very fast and was interesting enough. I would not say I was inspired by it. It was an easy and light read but not the type I'd want to read again in the future.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Pulitzer WHAT???

    Let me give Lahiri a little wiggle room -- I had extremely high expectations, having seen her on a panel with Frank McCourt and Alice McDermott at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. Much like that night, I was not impressed with her. Even with her vivid visions of icons, descriptions of loose ends of saris, and general reliance on all things cultural, upon reading the first two stories, I wondered if I should continue. Thankfully, the remainder of her stories were good, though not stellar. Granted, proper character development is difficult to achieve in short stories, but still... the work, in my opinion, does not deserve the accolades. She provides a snapshot, but doesn't evoke enough curiosity for you to want to look at the rest of the reel. An entertaining book at best. They should have waited a few years to give her a Pulitzer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    simple, thoughtless stories

    Her characters are Indian, but ignorant about India. This is not necessarily a flaw, but when not only the main characters (living in the U.S.), but natives to India speak using Americanized terms, it destroys the reality of the location. Distances described in miles, Indian foods described in english instead of using itallics and an overall stubborn outlook on life in India, pulled the book downhill for me. The stories did, however, keep me reading, and even though the characters were annoying, they were believable.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 17 review with 3 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1