Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri

June 19, 2011 at 22:14 | Posted in books | Leave a comment
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Unaccustomed Earth is made up of eight short stories, each a luminous vignette into how lives and characters are affected by  migration from India to the United States. They are beautifully written, and the characters have enormous depth and complexity which makes this very compelling fiction.

Jhumpa Lahiri creates a world that immediately draws you in; with just a few deft sentences a rich tapestry of people, places, motivations and relationships is laid out in exquisite detail. Many of the stories deal with similar themes; of second generation immigrants pulled between the conservatism of their parents and the culture of the wider world, of the sense of displacement that comes from leaving everything, and of struggling to find a place in the world. However, these similarities do not detract from the book, but rather add to it; you come away from the book having explored many different facets of these issues in a way that is enriching and satisfying.

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