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I väntan på ett namn (2003)

av Jhumpa Lahiri

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A young man born of Indian parents in America struggles with issues of identity from his teens to his thirties.
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  xumit | Apr 14, 2021 |
Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli immigrate from Calcutta to Boston where Ashoke attends MIT and later becomes a professor at another school in the Boston area. In 1968, their son, who they name Gogol, is born. A few years later they have a daughter, Sonia. The story takes us from Gogol’s birth to the end of the century.

The genius of this story is that the characters are not exceptional. It’s a coming to America and a coming of age story told with heart but no manufactured drama. Gogol, is the slightly more main character than either of his parents, but we spend time with all three of them.

I was thoroughly engaged in the story, but it moves along so briskly that we never truly get to know the characters. This is especially true of Gogol, who we follow from birth to age 32.

Beautifully written, great cinematic descriptions from start to finish and enlightening chronicle of the experience of first generation immigrants. Highly recommended.

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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
While this is the story of Gogol Ganguli, first we must start from the beginning. Perspective must be established. Before Gogol's birth and as a Bengali Indian keeping with her culture, Ashima Ganguli comes to the United State to partake in an arranged marriage. By 1968, Ashima has only been in Cambridge, Massachusetts for eighteen months before becoming pregnant with her first child. This is where Lahiri first draws attention to the many differences between American and Indian practices and this is where Gogol's life begins; in this state of conflicting cultures. But back to Ashima. The first evidence of cultural confusion: the fact women in Bengali do not give birth in a cold, sterile hospital. They birth in the warm and comforting home their parents. Gogol is out of place even before he has been born. Then a subtle example of cultural ignorance: once Ashima is in labor the nurse cannot figure out how to fold Ashima's six yards of silk sari. Most importantly (and the crux of the story), Indian parents do not choose the name of their child on a whim. It is this last detail that sets the stage for Gogol's life story: the importance of identity; the necessity of belonging; the eventual learning to compromise in order to belong in harmony. We follow Gogol through childhood into manhood as he navigates relationships with his family, love interests, and homeland. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 23, 2021 |
This is a pleasant read, not life-changing for me by any stretch of the imagination, but a nice story written in effortless prose about growing up as a first-generation American of Indian parentage (an experience I had no familiarity with and thus profited from reading about). ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
This book explores the Indian American experience by focusing on the life of one boy who grows up in a Bengali speaking household seeing first the faults and then the strengths of where he comes from. The parents marriage was arranged in the traditional way and they bring cling to their heritage seeking out Bengali speakers in the Cambridge area where the father teaches engineering and mother cooks all the traditional food. The son wants to escape the binds by going to Yale and Columbia becoming more and more different than his parents. He even changes his name, from Gogol to Nikhil. He's inherited his grandfather's ability to draw and becomes an architect. Eventually he's falling in love with the quintessential American girl, beautiful, well to do, educated, liberated, what could possibly go wrong. It does, his father dies and he is drawn back into the family and this eventually pulls him away too much. Enter a Bengali girl from his extended family who has also been rejecting her heritage and sowing wild oats in Paris and NYC. Both feel awkward about listening to their mothers arranging a blind date for them. But it clicks. They are instantly drawn to each other. They marry. It's bliss but you know it can't last. The wild oats eventually breaks them apart.
Throughout the book the main character has to deal with where his name came from. Gogol was his father's favorite author but there's more to the backstory which he doesn't uncover for many years. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Dec 12, 2020 |
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Jhumpa Lahiri's quietly dazzling new novel, ''The Namesake,'' is that rare thing: an intimate, closely observed family portrait that effortlessly and discreetly unfolds to disclose a capacious social vision.
 
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The reader should realize himself that it could not have happened otherwise, and that to give him any other name was quite out of the question.
        -- Nikolai Gogol, 'The Overcoat'
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On a sticky August evening two weeks before her due date, Ashima Ganguli stands in the kitchen of a Central Square apartment, combining Rice Krispies and Planters peanuts and chopped red onion in a bowl.
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For being a foreigner, Ashima is beginning to realize, is a sort of lifelong pregnancy--a perpetual wait , a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts.
Until now it has not occurred to Gogol that names die over time, that they perish just as people do.
"Remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go."
"Now I know why he went to Cleveland, " she tells people, refusing even in death, to utter her husband's name. "He was teaching me how to live alone."
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