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Namesake, the (2003) [Novel]
by Jhumpa Lahiri Rating: Weighted - 7.7 / Average - 7.7 of 10 (6 votes) (Rate!)
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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 marriage, 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 a 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.

Original title: The Namesake
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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The Namesake (2004)
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Language: English

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The Namesake (2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780007245895
Pages: 291

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The Namesake (2004)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 0618485228
Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 in
Pages: 304

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The Namesake (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Boston, MA
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 9780618733965
Pages: 291

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