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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.
Very interesting story. It delves into the emigration of a newly married Indian couple to America. Sincere, heart-warming at times and also sad as life goes on around them. Read morePublished 3 days ago by islander
Jhumpa Lahiri is a great writer; all of her novels have been wonderful. She truly captures the immigrant experience in America.Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth W.
Excellent read. The generational difference showed the impact on the entire family. Culture changes and people change. Terrific read.Published 3 days ago by Maureen Barraford
Jumpa has done it once again, bringing her knowledge of Indian culture into focus on the pages and spinning a page turner for all to enjoy.Published 6 days ago by ASH
Love it!!! How a family coming from such a different culture can adjust to the American culture but it is different for their children.Published 10 days ago by Pepi
I really enjoyed this book. I feel as though this novel gives me an idea of what it must be like to be an immigrant in the US or even more so, the children of an immigrant. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Samantha Keen
great immigrant story - a family that is trying to find their place in a new country, children that are born here and are suspended in limbo during their childhood and teenage... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nelly