In the novel Whereabouts, Lahiri becomes an introvert and focusses more on the inner thoughts and sentiments of a protagonist whose nationality does not count for much.
Jagdish Batra, Professor and Additional Director, English Language Centre, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Jhumpa Lahiri has been hailed for the authentic portrayal of diasporic life of the people from the Indian subcontinent settled in the US. In her earlier works, she had focused more on the externals so that the internal was obliquely revealed.
In the present novel Whereabouts, however, Lahiri becomes an introvert and focusses more on the inner thoughts and sentiments of a protagonist whose nationality does not count for much.
The narrative directly reveals the co-relation between the external stimuli and the resultant inner reaction which leads to self-realization.
Lahiri’s narrative, as always is delicate and shorn of linguistic flourishes, and yet highly successful in retaining the interest of the reader.
Published in: IUP Journal of Engllsh Studies
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