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Friday, December 12, 2008

Unaccustomed Earth

Finally got down to read Unccustomed Earth and as I have started doing recently - turned to the last few pages and was completely baffled that the characters in the first story don't appear in those pages. With a jolt, and to my utter delight, I realized that these are short stories and not a never ending long story!
And to my dismay, the short stories end at such points that they leave you with an empty feeling- a feeling of lot of things left unsaid and a wish that there were a few more pages tying the ends with filler information instead of letting it remain all symbolic and open to extrapolation.
The stories are all steretypical though, Americanised Bengalis yearning or not yearning for Calcutta, Marriages, and a sense of dullness and monotony in their lives. Don't these people lead lives that one can call interesting at all? Makes one feel that there is a lot of things to be sad about. Stories that make me want to instantly turn pages and reach the end to check who died or cheated or lost everything ultimately.
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7 comments:

Devasena Hariharan said...

True, All her books give me a impression that all Indians there ABCDs(American Born COnfused Desis) dont ever have a succesful marriage life.

More of betrayals, affairs. Dont know if its Jhumpa's perception or a reality.

Monika said...

I read it sometime back too... was not really satisfied...the problem with her books is they are falling in a predictable pattern all of them

Aathira said...

Completely agree... I had written about this book too a few months back.

Somewhere it lost the appeal.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

My feelings exactly!!!!

I was left feeling very dissatisfied and empty after the stories.

Priya Iyer said...

hi ITW! came here from priya's blog (thought process)and am now hooked... could not help reading through quite a few of your old posts, and LOVED the experience...was an absolute pleasure...

am adding you to my blogroll... will be back for more...

btw, i read the unaccustomed earth some time ago too, and i echo some of your thoughts...

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Saya said...

Most of her books talk of cross over problems. Interesting that it was when it was new, now it feels like stale dough. Havent read this one, but found namesake, IOM boring beyond a point.