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Initial post: Mar 6, 2009 1:38:49 PM PST
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HB says:
Can somebody help me out here? I just read this book and thought it was possibly the worst ever. Well actually I only got 3/4 of the way through, then jumped to the end. The ending was as stale as the rest of the book.

My problems with it:
Most of the book felt like summary of events. Static boring.
Who cares if Gogol hates his name?
Why did the father wait so long to tell him about the accident?
THe characters were flat, I could barely tell the girlfriends from one another, except that the second girlfriend's parents were so cliche I could practically predict their dialogue.

I thought the first chapter about the parents was very good and I was loving it until boring morose flat Gogol came along.

Also, I loved the Interpreter of Maladies.

So where did I go wrong?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 11:21:13 AM PST
Hear, hear! Interpreter of Maladies was far superior to The Namesake. I think the tension was not great enough to sustain a novelInterpreter of Maladies (Paperback)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 2:08:59 PM PST
I wouldn't say the worst ever, but it was kind of dry.
L.A. Sherman
Author of Bengali Girls Don't, an Amazon bestseller
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (Hardcover - January 5, 2004)
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