Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Published – April 1st 2008

This is one of the popular and well liked books by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is the second book I read of Jhumpa Lahiri. The Namesake was the first book I read and felt like it was an over hyped book. So, I started reading this book without reading any comments or reviews online as I wanted to just jump into it without any influence. Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of short stories where the central theme was to highlight the variation in experiences of Indians who moved to USA in their adulthood and of their next of kin who were bought up in USA.

Unaccustomed earthThe stories are well written and are very realistic and I feel like many immigrants who are settled here can relate to the thought process and experiences of some of the main characters. What I really liked about the book was the fact that these stories don’t have a set conclusion which will provoke your thoughts. Although Indians would connect to this book more as the main characters of all the stories are of Bengali origin, I would still recommend this book to everyone who is an immigrant in USA or has relatives who stay here. In some ways, this book highlights the bond that one feels towards their own country.However, I felt like if there was more diversity introduced in the stories in this book one could enjoy it more. After 3 stories, I felt like I could predict the path that the rest of the stories would follow.

Did you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Rating – ♥♥♥♥ / 5

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

  1. Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel says:

    I loved The unaccustomed earth. I think I liked The Interpreter of maladies more. As for Namesake, even though I enjoyed the novel, I came across the short story The Namesake by Jhumpa. I thought the short story was crisper and better than the novel it was expanded to.

    Good luck with the blog. 🙂


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