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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.
The book was a good read but had a "that's it?" Ending other than that it was a really good bookPublished 14 hours ago by Virgo Prius ac Posterius
Great book!! A very heart warming and emotional story that is an easy read... I recommend it to anyone interestedPublished 20 hours ago by Sherry A Torregrossa
I loved this book. Her writing leaves me in awe. It's not an action oriented plot by any means but the characters were so compelling I still found it a page Turner and devoured it... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Katie Turner
I found this book captivating. Having many friends and workmates from India I was familiar with many of the traditions and family expectations faced by the young characters.Published 7 days ago by Beth Sells
The characters are cleanly drawn. Each one a carefully painted individual . There is great wisdom and truth in the folds of the story.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
Disappointed that there wasn't enough Indian culture in it.Published 12 days ago by Johanne Gelineau