Lucid, Picture-like Quality
By Saranya Manoharan,
When one reads this book, it feels like one is watching the events unfold in front of them. It is the story of thousands of Indian Americans in the US. Even though the focus is on Gogol Ganguli, the author take us for a ride through the lives of a few other characters, that we end up feeling sympathetic for every one of them. The culture conflicts are dealt with in a non-judgemental way. It has to be appreciated.
Bottomline: Worth buying!
A captivating read
By Saurabh Parikh,
I read the book titled 'The Namesake' after Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer for her first novel published in the year 2000.This is an awesome read and to think that this book was her debut novel is surely something. Kudos to the writer for this fabulous book!
The Namesake: A Persuasive Read
By amul bhatt,
The Namesake is a bestselling debut novel of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri. The author's- Interpreter of Maladies bagged the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In the Name sake, the author has very perceptively described the lives of two Indians who have immigrated to Boston and the inevitable transition of cultures and the manner in which they adapt to the surroundings.
The title of the book is reflective of the name (or the lack of it) their son has. He was to be named by his grandmother but on not hearing from her ever since his birth he was named Gogol after his father's favorite author. His name is a cause of embarrassment for the boy who, in all possibility has grown into an American and has imbibed the western culture immaculately. The navigation between the cultural values of their birthplace and adopted homes is indeed worth reading. Having embraced the American way of life, Gogol goes through a series of failed relationships and ruefully turns to his roots for comfort. He finds great solace in the heritage of his motherland, the rituals and the bonding which he once detested.
The story comes across as a very simple tale of people who are compelled to leave behind years of tradition and adapt to the new surroundings. Life may never be the same for the immigrants but there is a fine line of connection which holds them together. A very interesting read and I highly recommend this book.
The Namesake is Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel. The story is about Ashima who gets married to Ashoke Ganguli. She misses her home in India, her family. Later, she adapts the American culture and being happy with her husband. They have 2 children Sonia and Gogol. Gogol is the main character of the story. There is a generation gap between Gogol and his family. He is trying to assimilate himself to the American culture. The whole story is about this. Jhumpa Lahiri reflects more complicated issues that the immigrant community must deal with.
Very real story that feels close to the reader's heart
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