by Jhumpa Lahiri

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 The Lowland was short-listed for the Man Booker prize this year and received mixed reviews.  I have to side with the people who found it less than excellent.  The characters and story are memorable, but reminded me a bit too much of Rushdie's Midnight's Children.  I thought the story was a bit pedestrian, with the main characters never displaying the emotions they talked/thought about having.  After mulling over my lack of enthusiasm about this well-written book, I decided that I much prefer Lahiri's short stories to her longer prose.  If I had to recommend any of Lahiri's books to a reader, Unaccustomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies.  They were excellent books.  The Lowland is just OK.

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