At the End of the Century ~ Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

At the End of the Century: The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Rating: 2/5

This short story collection comes from India, but is written in English instead of translated as Jhabvala is an immigrant to India herself. Anita Desai wrote a lovely introduction, and I don’t typically read introductions, but have enjoyed some of Desai’s previous work and trust her judgment. Jhabvala herself unfortunately has passed, and this book is coming to the United States. 

I have historically struggled with short story collections, although recently I have found several that I love. This book, unfortunately, was not one that I loved. It wasn’t a bad story, but I didn’t feel any attachment to the characters or particularly moved by the stories. After about a hundred pages, I decided not to finish this book. Have you ever had the experience where you’re reading something, but you’re not quite sure what’s going on cause you zoned out, and that happens every time you pick up a certain book? That’s how reading this book felt. I’m sure it was just not good timing. 

Additionally the synopsis does not give much to go by about this collection, or I would encourage you to decide for yourself whether you would like to read this book or not. 

I received a copy of this book for review via the publisher through Edelweiss. 

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