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  • In Other Words

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein - translator
  • Narrated by: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75

In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story - of a long and sometimes difficult courtship and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her. Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family for "a trial by fire, a sort of baptism" into a new language and world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For me, 1 problem with the book, and 1 1/2 problems with the audio version

  • By RdRydngHd on 02-28-16

I wish I spoke Italian

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Granted, I didn't read the whole description of the audiobook before purchase, but I was expecting a 7 hour book that I could fully understand. If I am ever lucky enough to learn Italian I will be able to return to the second part of this production. Jhumpa Lahiri's efforts to take the leap and write in a 2nd (3rd?) language are admirable.