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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.
Great story, well told. Depicts the struggles of assimilating into American culture. Lahiri writes in a very clear and concise manner but yet gives you a real feeling for the... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Bernie Dyme
Amazing novel. Every young person should read this book on their journey to self-discovery.Published 3 days ago by Tracie Carollo
This was my first Lahiri novel and it exceeded my expectations. Wow, a lovely story about family, culture and the effects of double cultures and the choices people make. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cotts77
Too see America, through the eyes of immigrants, is to renew one's own perspective. To see American life through two generations, two cultural perspectives, a gift. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sjwilson