The Dialogue Society Book Group Meeting 14: Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:00 in Community Engagement

Where: AEF, 49 Whitehall, London SW1A 2BX
Date: 24th May 2017
Time: 18:00

Publisher's synopsis of Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri:

Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories by celebrated Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri's prose is beautifully measured, subtle and sober, and she is a writer who leaves a lot unsaid, but this work is rich in observational detail, evocative of the yearnings of the exile (mostly Indians in Boston here), and full of emotional pull and reverberation.

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then to discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting, and will need to read it prior to the meeting. Books will generally be available from local libraries.

Over refreshments we will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

Arab in America, by Toufic El Rassi
Harare North, By Brian Chikwava
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie