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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.
I had seen the movie and did not know there was a book. This was a great read and kept me wanting to read. I was sad when I finished the book. I wanted more...Published 21 hours ago by Keith LoPresto
The Namesake presents a lot of problems in assimilation that most of us never consider. The author makes plain the pain of children caught between two cultures.Published 16 days ago by Agatha
It's easy to move through this story, carried along by the characters. I gave this one only 3stars because I felt too much as if I were merely reading about the characters instead... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Book Club Fan
Its a really good book... When you think the main character drama is over... Its not... I loved the way it was written as I was able to picture the places the characters were in... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sonia Llorente
Great story, well told. Depicts the struggles of assimilating into American culture. Lahiri writes in a very clear and concise manner but yet gives you a real feeling for the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bernie Dyme
Amazing novel. Every young person should read this book on their journey to self-discovery.Published 24 days ago by Tracie Carollo