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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 author of this book does an excellent job with transitions and developing the main character using his name as the central theme and influences in his life. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Wordpool
The Namesake, which claims to be a novel about the troubles of clashing cultures when immigrants come to America, is nothing of the sort. Read morePublished 7 days ago by LovesToReadBooks
Shipping was fine, the book though is pretty boring and overall not worth a read.Published 11 days ago by Conner amaya
Well written and exquisitely insightful, well researched and competent, and a useful peek into the large immigrant Indian community in New Jersey and how some of its members may... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Micah Leshem
The Namesake highlights the perils of failing to adjust. I once read that we have two choices: adjust or self-destruct. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Larry D George
Beautifully written and immensely engaging, Lahiri's "The Namesake" follows the journey of a family, come to America, finding themselves and rediscovering life again and again. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Elizabeth Owl