A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri
Title: A Temporary Matter
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Release Date: April 20, 1998
Page Number: 22
4 out of 5 stars
This is a short story in the anthology called Interpreter of Maladies. My boyfriend read this book for one of his classes, and said that I would enjoy the stories, so here I am.
This story follows a couple who suffer from communication issues because of their grief over their miscarriage. The two were in love at one point, but have fallen out of love and find themselves ignoring each other, and seeking out solitude. They get a message saying that in order to fix some power lines, everyone in the neighborhood will have to turn off their lights from 8 pm until 9 pm for a week. At first they dread the conversations they’ll have to have without electricity, but start having meals by candlelight. They play a “game” where they each tell one thing that they’ve never told the other while sitting in the dark. They listen and don’t judge one another. The man thinks that it might be possible to rekindle the love they once had, but it might not be able to happen under certain circumstances.
This was such an amazingly written story and I would recommend it! It took me by surprise, because with three pages left of the story, EVERYTHING was going so well, then the ending was just so sad. Reading this short story made me question why I don’t read short stories more often. I honestly think the reason is because I only ever read them for class, so when I do outside of class they feel a little forced, but I’m giving these a chance :)
I thought that because the couple in the story had gone through something hard they would get back together and make up. I am kind of clueless in the whole “falling out of love” thing, but I wish they could have worked things out. Even though the ending was sad, I thought it was a perfect way to conclude the story as a whole. I think it would have been forced and unrealistic for them to get back together and work everything out for themselves. I believe this is a testament to how some relationships end up, which is sad, but it’s true.
I thought it was a beautiful story, and can’t wait to continue on with the rest in this anthology!
The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a readathon set up by booktubers involving reading and video/post challenges. I will be participating in the reading challenges from January 8 until January 14.
- Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalo
- Throwback – finish a series you already started
- 2016 Release
- BookTube Recommendation
- Book you were excited for, but never picked up
- Diverse Book
Two challenges can be combined for one book. I’m very excited for this because it’s been awhile since I’ve participated in a readathon!
- Group Book: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) – Kerri Maniscalo
- Throwback – finish a series you already started, and a 2016 Release: Rebellion (The 100 #4) – Kass Morgan
- BookTube Recommendation, and Book you were excited for, but never picked up: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling
- Retelling, and diverse book: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
BookTubeAThon started today! Usually I like to have TBR posts up a couple days before the beginning of a readathon, but I’ve been very busy with band camp and didn’t get the change to write it out! If you don’t know what BookTubeAThon is, it’s a week long readathon hosted by some booktubers on YouTube. Ariel Bissett is one of the founders of this awesome event.
This year’s challenges:
- Read a book with blue on the cover.
- Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name. *Browning is my last name.*
- Read someone else’s favorite book. *this is one of my best friend’s favorite books.*
- Read the last book you acquired.
- Finish a book without letting go of it.
- Read a book you really want to read.
- Read 7 books.
Will I read all of these books? Probably not. Am I still going to participate? Yes.
Today I continued reading from Shadow Scale and am not hating it as much. I still really just want to be done with it, but I am just getting closer. I am going to try and finish this book by the end of the week and then start another review book. I will read this during study hall then after school. I just want to be done and move on to another book!
Wednesday, May 13th:
Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman
Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 218
I joined in on Bout of Books 12.0 because it fell during a good time and I wanted to read more than normal. I didn’t read that much more than I usually do, but I did finish one book and one graphic novel. I finished Blog Inc and To Dance, and got further in The Power of Half. I am so close to done with The Power of Half, and I just need to sit down and finish it. I didn’t read as much as I’d planned to, but I got a couple hundred pages read. I am really not that great with readathons, but really want to be more committed to them. The next readathon I participate in I will make sure to commit. Did you participate in Bout of Books?
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone in America! Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday because we host it at my house and I love the food and eating pumpkin pie. I decided why not add a few books into Thanksgiving break. I found this readathon on Instagram by @blueeyedbiblio. She has decided to host this readathon, so if you’re interested check out her Insta. Using the hashtag #thanksreadathon post a picture of your TBR and what you’re planning on! The purpose of this readathon is to read 3 books in 5 days. I’m planning on reading…. *bum bum bum* (cue Belt voice from The Croods)
The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back – Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen
The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles #1) – Stuart Hill
The Key to Rondo (Rondo #1) – Emily Rodda
It would be really awesome if a bunch of people participated! Instagram with #thanksreadathon :)
Today I haven’t had a ton of time to read, unfortunately, but I plan to stay up very late reading. For more information on this readathon look at the tumblr page here. Here are a series of questions they asked everyone to answer!
- What part of the world are you reading from this weekend? – Iowa, United States
- What book are you most looking forward to reading? – Take Me Tomorrow – Shannon A. Thompson
- Are you planning on reading from someplace besides your house or apartment this weekend? – Yes! I read at a bridal show I helped at!
- Tell us something about yourself! – I love drinking tea. I also love to dance.
- If you’ve done this readathon before, do you have any tips for other readers? If you haven’t, is there anything you’re nervous about? – I have never done this readathon, but I’m nervous because it is almost impossible to read 24 hours for me! I’ve been really busy this weekend and have things to do tomorrow. I will try and do the best I can to read as much as possible though!