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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Unaccustomed Earth- Short Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Day 21 of #AtoZChallenge

When Jhumpa Lahiri puts pen to paper, you know there will be magic. Not the kinds of magic that will make you stand up excitedly and clap your hands till they hurt; but the kind that will bring a smile of deep contentment when you close the book. 
Lahiri has already proved her mettle with many award winning titles. “Unaccustomed Earth”, however, is beyond any awards. It sits on a book-shelf patiently for you to come and dive deep into its magical stories.

Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of short (not so short though) stories. And in a typical Lahiri style, each of the central character reaches out to the reader to hold his hand and lovingly walks him through the story. The stories themselves flow effortlessly. And though the incidents traverse between ages, timelines, generations and cultures, there are no out-of-the-blue surprises. Even when there is an unexpected turn of events, it is subtly embedded into the plot as if lying there to be noticed right from the beginning.

Hell Heaven, Nobody’s Business and the episodes of Hema and Kaushik make a good read. Only Goodness will take some time to grow on you. A Choice of Accommodation has a certain underlying current that keeps telling you that you are in for a surprise. In short, none of the stories disappoint. And you will certainly of not having read these earlier.



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