Unaccustomed Earth – Part I
I’ve been reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth” and am loving it. I finished Part I last night and had some thoughts on the short stories so far:
- The first story, “Unaccustomed Earth,” feels unfinished to me. I would love for Lahiri to write a novel on this storyline – I need to know what happens to Ruma, her father, her family, Mrs. Bagchi. I think there is a lot more to explore on this storyline.
- “Only Goodness” broke my heart. I have a brother who is considerably younger than me and reading about the failing relationship between Sudha and Rahul was heartbreaking.
- The last story, “Nobody’s Business” may have been my favorite. Lahiri does a fantastic job of illustrating the relationships among the characters. Sang began as a strong, independent character and it was interesting to see her change throughout the story.
I really like the way Lahiri writes – “The Namesake” was a fantastic novel and so far I love her short stories. I love how she focuses mostly on Indian and Bengali families – its pretty foreign to me, but she makes it very interesting and entertaining.
I’m loving “Unaccustomed Earth” and I will post on Part II when I finish!
Read Part II here.