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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 well written book, compelling characters and story.
With exceptional writing this novel is both an engaging story and a beautifully written novel that touches the reader with a powerful and authentic voice.
It's an excellent story, with characters so well developed you couldn't help but feel for them.
This book was okay it was something I need for school. It would not be a book I would pick on my ownPublished 6 days ago by Margaret Jones
Ms. Lahiri cast a compelling net over the lives of a Begali family making us love each and everyone. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Callalilly
I found this author and book after reading several websites online which recommended it. I liked the reviews and thought it would be a good fit for what I was looking. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Andres
I had read Interpreter of Maladies several years ago and recall enjoying it. I did much more than just enjoy The Namesake. I was completely mesmerized by it. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tom Ipri
From childhood to adulthood the reader follows Gogol as he caves out the identity that he creates for him self. Read morePublished 15 days ago by lnyc
Have always enjoyed reading this author's work. Her skill in conveying deep emotion and the connections we have with family and friends is quite admirable.Published 16 days ago by Gadget Goddess
Easy to read book, can't wait to read more by this author. Excellent story, read entire book within a few days. Anyone can relate to the story no matter your culture.Published 17 days ago by K from Chicago
It was a new look at a families journey into the American multicultural society. It shares a journey of great fortitude within a gentle spirit and family members. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Beverly Donato
The Namesake is Gogol Ganguli, the American-born son of an immigrant Hindu couple from Calcutta who is named for the great Russian novelist. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Beth Quinn Barnard