Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Beginnings: Interpreter of Maladies

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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The notice informed then that it was a temporary matter: for five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at eight P.M.

-- from "A Temporary Matter," the first story in Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahir.

This is one of the books I am reading for my 2013 TBR challenges. It won the Pulitzer Prize for 1999, but I haven't gotten around to it before this.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    As we have ourselves, been having power problems over the last few weeks, I can fully relate to the first lines from your book this week, so would feel inclined to keep on reading, just to discover how the situation is resolved.

    That aside, I did check out this hitherto unknown to me story. It has recieved an amazing amount of reviews, most of them very positive. The premise for the stories is definitely an intriguing one, both culturally and emotionally, a great addition to my TBR pile.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend,


  2. I'm also tackling a book for a TBR challenge this upcoming week...and I'm really curious about this book. I'll look for your review.

  3. Oh, I do hate when that happens! Sounds like a book I must read.

  4. Hmmm...makes me wonder why they're having to be without power for an hour everyday!

  5. This has been on my TBR list as well, I hope you enjoy it! I'll need to pick it up soon


  6. This doesn't sound too convenient. I'd be interested to find out what's going on here.

  7. Hmmm. Wondering why the power is being cut for an hour each day?


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