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The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Namesake
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Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received... show more
Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail -- the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase -- that opens whole worlds of emotion. The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as "a writer of uncommon elegance and poise." The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618485222 (0618485228)
ASIN: 618485228
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 291
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
0.0 The Namesake
This is a great story. It provides a compelling answer to the 400 year old question, "What's in a Name?" I had initially struggled with whether to make this a 3 or 4 star read but I realized that for as much as my own experience made the story not new for me, sitting down to write the review and see...
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher rated it
2.0 The Namesake
1.5 stars. I didn't want to give it the same rating as the CC books but I was still bored as hell.
Nicole Reads
Nicole Reads rated it
3.0 [REVIEW] The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Lovely prose by Ms. Lahiri. She had me connect with the characters, even the ones I really wanted to hate.I had a problem with The Namesake, I just don't know exactly what it was. Perhaps it was the nonexistent plot or the fact that the story was more bitter than sweet. It could be that I felt the n...
sarah
sarah rated it
2.0 Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake
Lahiri is a talented writer, and her prose is smooth and readable without being oversimple. But this story was just uninteresting to me. Specifically, I didn't feel connected enough to Gogol, the main character, to really care what happened to him, and after a while the book became a chore and I see...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 The Namesake: A Novel
OK, just when did the present tense take over literary fiction? Because I want to know--it seems omnipresent these days. It's a cheap way, I guess, of imbuing a narrative with lyricism, but truly, it's wearing out its welcome with me--and is all the more noticeable and annoying when a book doesn't h...
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