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Awkwardness is Gogol's birthright. He grows up a bright American boy, goes to Yale, has pretty girlfriends, becomes a successful architect, but like many second-generation immigrants, he can never quite find his place in the world. There's a lovely section where he dates a wealthy, cultured young Manhattan woman who lives with her charming parents. They fold Gogol into their easy, elegant life, but even here he can find no peace and he breaks off the relationship. His mother finally sets him up on a blind date with the daughter of a Bengali friend, and Gogol thinks he has found his match. Moushumi, like Gogol, is at odds with the Indian-American world she inhabits. She has found, however, a circuitous escape: "At Brown, her rebellion had been academic ... she'd pursued a double major in French. Immersing herself in a third language, a third culture, had been her refuge--she approached French, unlike things American or Indian, without guilt, or misgiving, or expectation of any kind." Lahiri documents these quiet rebellions and random longings with great sensitivity. There's no cleverness or showing-off in The Namesake, just beautifully confident storytelling. Gogol's story is neither comedy nor tragedy; it's simply that ordinary, hard-to-get-down-on-paper commodity: real life. --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My book club liked this novel however I thought the extreme details of some very ordinary daily lives got to be boring. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Janet L Mulloy
Well-written classic. It immerse reader through various faucets of time and changing lives of an immigrant family who moved from India.Published 6 days ago by Winners
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, but the writing is quite lovely and I went with 4 for that. It is a very "cool" book, the emotional component is dialed way down and at... Read morePublished 15 days ago by jordiw
There were so many moments that I felt it was my own life. Perhaps we grew up at the same time with the same sense of alienation, although our cultures differed. Read morePublished 16 days ago by shelley cook
This is the first time I have read this author and I will now read all her books. I loved this book from start to finish. Read morePublished 16 days ago by JJH
I laughed with the characters and I cried. a great story that immerses you in the difficult life of first generation immigrants and their American children.Published 23 days ago by Asila