the namesake book review

As I read this book, a Mexican-American family sold their home across the street from mine, and an Italian-American couple moved in three houses down. In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her story collection Interpreter of Maladies, becoming the first Indian to win the award. Gogol is the son of the Gangulis, middle-class migrants from Calcutta to America. Her husband Ashoke, had a scrape with death in a train accident 7 years earlier and believes that the book he was reading – The Overcoat by Nicolai Gogol – was a lucky charm which saved him.

When their first child is born, a son, they are awaiting a letter from Ashima’s grandmother telling them his name, which she is to have selected. Her descriptions of her character’s clothing and places are vividly pictured in the reader’s mind. I've read this book 3 different times for school and for some reason never rated it on here.

This page works best with JavaScript. Having read Interpreter of Maladies, I was rewarded by once again selecting this novel. “It never would have worked out anyway…” she had cried. Have you ever wanted/needed to change your name to fit in. try again, the name must be unique, Please

His wife Ashima deeply misses her family and struggles to adapt. I was very interested in the scenes in India and the way the characters perceived the U.S. after they moved. I liked the first 40 pages or so. The Ganguli children are diehard Americans. There were several problems. Log in to update your newsletter preferences. 'active' : ''">

I really loved this book. The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox, Register with your social account or click here to log in. Start by marking “The Namesake” as Want to Read: Error rating book.

Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when One is that Lahiri's novelistic style feels more like summary ("this happened, then this, then this") rather than a story I can experience through scenes. 'active' : ''">

Independent Premium. Lahiri is at her best when mapping these confines, and the conflicts between individual pursuits and family loyalties. Ashima misses her family, and after giving birth to a son misses them even more. Resources & Education. Ashoke is a trained engineer, who quickly adapts to his new lifestyle. With the book still open on my lap, somewhere in New York City, while walking and talking on her cellphone, my mother laid out a plan for me to help her find a place that was close to her friends from 'back home,' but still somewhere around city amenities. Ashima and Ashoke, an arranged marriage, moving to the USA where Ashoke is an engineer, trying to learn a different way of life, different language, so very difficult. This book is an easy, smooth read. The author created a meaningful story but there was too much of "then this then that." Each of the above authors tackles this subject from a different enthnographic perspective, but the pull between the old (native) culture and the new (immigrant) one is always present. Brought up in America by a mother who wanted to raise her children to be Indian, she learned about her Bengali heritage from an early age. Jhumpa Lahiri is adept at describing her settings with sensory flair. This book tells a story which must be familiar to anyone who has migrated to another country - the fact that having made the transition to a new culture you are left missing the old and never quite achieving full admittance into the new.

Then, though he seems to have managed perfectly well with it, he realises he carries his namesake's surname, and decides to retrieve the abandoned forename - "Nikhil" - before university. I read this book on several plane journeys and while hanging around several airports. In the absence of. CONS: The last third of the book drags a little and didn't sustain my attention the way the rest of the book did. In fact a feeling of never quite belonging to either. try again, the name must be unique, Please

Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? The pressure to conform to white middle-class standards pervades the novel. In the last story, an engineering graduate student arrives in Cambridge from Calcutta, starting a life in a new country. Covering about 30 years in a very American mode, the novel manages to represent, without patronising, life within the confines of a professional expatriate enclave. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Gogul's relationships with women seemed developed in that they had a good beginning and middle but I could not grasp why those relationships ended as they had. The one dinner a girlfriend (the Indian Moushumi) prepares is burnt while the couple make love. The Namesake book. continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. When their first child is born, a son, they are awaiting a letter from Ashima’s grandmother telling them his name, which she is to have selected. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features.

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