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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.
Amazing!! One of the great authors of our time. She writes what she knows....Indian immigrants in the US (mostly the NorthEast) who make their way through life and attend top... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Nicolle Perry
The story centered around an Indian immigrant who is born in the U.S. after his parents, who had an arranged marriage in India, immigrate so the father can assume a job as... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bruce Hilton
Well written and strangely enough as someone who has grown up outside of my ancestral country can relate to the struggles of adapting to a culture that fits both worlds. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thank Nishi for mentioning this book. She said it was one of her favorites and now it is mine.Published 12 days ago by calexander
I looooove this book, it's such an easy read and very easy to follow. Really gives you a good glimpse into the life of an immigrant family, adjusting to becoming AmericanPublished 15 days ago by shushan
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Jhumpa Lahiris writing style. It's beautifully narrated uncovering with great attention to detail the feelings and thoughts of an... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Paul Swider