Review: Interpreter of Maladies

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Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always prefer short story collections to novels, and this definitely beat The Namesake for me. She has a very unique voice telling stories of cultural transplants that both Indians and Americans can understand and enjoy. These stories enraptured me with their deep subtle style. They show our humanity in the face of war, distance, and alienation.

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Review: Mythology

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Mythology
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Largely a review of middle school material, but there was plenty I did not know, the story of Aeneas in particular. She writes it in a very tangible way, as if it all belongs to history, as if there are definite answers, even if they did not survive to our time. The brief, distant style with which myths are told means a 300-page book can contain a lot of it. Edith Hamilton gives a good encyclopedic overview. I desperately want to learn how to bring these wonderful stories to the modern audience. Marvel just isn’t cutting it.

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Review: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

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Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever am I reminded of my love for brevity. Despite its length, this is a very good book. I read it as an analysis of the many fairy tales in it, many of which I had not heard, like “The Handless Maiden,” “Bluebeard,” and “La Loba.” Although I’m dubious of the scientific robustness of Jung, I do believe his followers have hit on the “why” of these stories’ deep and everlasting meaning. Hers is a sprawling, lyrical, and insightful first novel.

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