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The Namesake: A Novel by [Jhumpa Lahiri]
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Editorial Reviews

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This eagerly anticipated debut novel deftly expands on Lahiri's signature themes of love, solitude and cultural disorientation.
Harper's Bazaar

This poignant treatment of the immigrant experience is a rich, stimulating fusion of authentic emotion, ironic observation, and revealing details.
Library Journal

Lahiri's ... deeply knowing, avidly descriptive, and luxuriously paced first novel is equally triumphant [as Interpreter of Maladies]. Booklist, ALA

Jhumpa Lahiri expands her Pulitzer Prize-winning short stories of Indian assimilation into her lovely first novel, THE NAMESAKE. Vanity Fair

Lahiri weaves an intricate story of ... an Indian family in America. Their bumpy journey to self-acceptance will move you.
Marie Claire

[Lahiri] weaves an authentic tale of a Bengali family in Boston... [which] powerfully depicts the universal pull of family traditions.
Lifetime

The casual beauty of the writing keeps the pages turning.
Elle

...immaculately written, seamlessly constructed novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of INTERPRETER OF MALADIES.
Book Magazine

...remarkably assured first novel. Readers will find here the same elegant, deceptively simple prose that garnered so much praise for her short stories.
Bookpage

A debut novel that is as assured and eloquent as the work of a longtime master of the craft.
The New York Times

Gracefully written and filled with well-observed details.
People Magazine

...far more authentic and lavishly imagines than many other young writers' best work.
TimeOut New York

Lahiri is insightful on the complexities of foreignness.
Boston Magazine

graceful and wonderfully specific prose...A Entertainment Weekly

In the world of literature, Lahiri writes like a native.
The San Francisco Chronicle

generous, exacting portrait of the clash between cultural dictates and one man's heart.
Boston Gl...

Amazon.com Review

Any talk of The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri's follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, Interpreter of Maladies--must begin with a name: Gogol Ganguli. Born to an Indian academic and his wife, Gogol is afflicted from birth with a name that is neither Indian nor American nor even really a first name at all. He is given the name by his father who, before he came to America to study at MIT, was almost killed in a train wreck in India. Rescuers caught sight of the volume of Nikolai Gogol's short stories that he held, and hauled him from the train. Ashoke gives his American-born son the name as a kind of placeholder, and the awkward thing sticks.

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 alternate kindle_edition edition.


Product details

  • File Size : 3762 KB
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B003KGAUUQ
  • Print Length : 305 pages
  • Publication Date : September 1, 2004
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint Edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 1,968 ratings