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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 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 4 hours ago by Asila
Coming from a country that has a high percentage of people of East Indian descent,most of whom are of Hindu persuasion,I was fascinated by the similarities in religous worship,and... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Kenny Joseph
I loved this book. I generally don't read fiction, but this one captivated me. It's one of those 'whenever you get a spare moment you want to sneak in even one page' kind of reads.Published 6 days ago by Rajiv Nathan
Love the way Jhump Lahiri tells a story. She is my new favorite author.Published 6 days ago by pixleah
love this writer. the characters are alive and you will live with them and be sad when it ends.Published 6 days ago by Jane ferguson