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The Namesake
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The Namesake (2003)

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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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Titel:The Namesake
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Betyg:****
Taggar:Lahiri, Jhumpa

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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 |
Liked Interpreter of Maladies better, but this was a good, well-written story. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
This book is simple. The words are flowery, the plot is plain but there is something so deeply personal about it, about each and every character that you can't help but feel a connection to it. ( )
  Akankshadsh | Oct 1, 2020 |
I had trouble at the beginning of [The Namesake]. Somehow the book didn't grab me until about 20% in (ah, Kindle influence showing there.) Then I was able to get more interested in Gogol and his trials, but felt throughout that something was lacking. I wasn't glued to this story and might not have finished the book if it weren't for the f2f group that met this Tuesday on Zoom. And others in the group voiced what I had only puzzled about. Gogol is not quite passive, but he becomes American by accepting circumstances he encounters in American society, whether that of a rich family in NYC or customs at Yale. It is only when his father dies that we see a hint of complexity. I wish there had been more of that. But this is Lahiri's first novel. Maybe [Unaccustomed Earth] is deeper. ( )
  ffortsa | Jul 8, 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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For Alberto and Octavio,
whom I call by other names
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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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