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The Namesake

Lahiri, Jhumpa (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world -- conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. The Namesake brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.
Authors: Lahiri, Jhumpa
Title: The namesake
Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
Characteristics: 291 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jhumpa Lahiri
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Summary: Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world -- conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. The Namesake brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.
ISBN: 0618485228
9780618485222
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAHIRI 2004
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction East Indian Americans Fiction Children of immigrants Fiction Assimilation (Sociology) Fiction Alienation (Social psychology) Fiction Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1809-1852 Appreciation Fiction Massachusetts Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Young men
East Indian Americans
Children of immigrants
Assimilation (Sociology)
Alienation (Social psychology)
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Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world -- conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through ... Read More »

"A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life."

Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received... Read More »


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this book is really a page turner. Sure its boring form the beginning but the writer proves herself at the end. Although, it is very inappropriate at some parts its a good book.

Feb 14, 2014
  • crbutterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought was an extremely book. That i couldn't put it down

Feb 20, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read and the movie was good too!

a wonderful story about family and moving to Canada from a culture so different ...uses the Russian poet Gogol as they name there son born in Canada after him...how hard it is to be the parents of children born here and grow up being so Canadian as compared to their parents life in India

Jul 27, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good novel about first generation immigrants caught between two worlds.

Jul 25, 2012
  • catwcap rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A nicely writtten story about a family's journey through their history of ancestry, race, finding one's self in another world and leaving the world they knew in a different place than the present. Joyful at times, sad at times, this family runs through virtually all of the emotional phases of "growing up, letting go and coming back again".

Jun 24, 2012
  • apollard18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is exquisitely written. Lahiri's ability with language is evident in the rich, textured writing style of this book, which depicts the immigration experience of one Indian family. Also engaging is the cultural conflict represented through characters, themes and motifs. In this book, Lahiri's art form seems to hinge upon subtlety and implication, which lends an enticing quality to the text.

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Jun 11, 2012
  • ser_library rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

i liked the span of years but got bored halfway through and then skimmed

Jun 07, 2012
  • pplarel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I work with many people from India and this was recommended to me by one of my coworkers. I also read her other book, Interpreter of Maladies. The Namesake was a very interesting look into the culture and life of an immigrant. I enjoyed the development of the characters - all the transitions, life changes, realizations along with the keeping of traditions. I watched the movie after I read the book and did not enjoy it. The book covers many years, lots of growth and heartache and I didn't feel that the movie portrayed it well.

An amazing book. It's a must read.

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Feb 10, 2011
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Feb 10, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2012
  • catwcap rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

inscribed in the book Gogol's father had given him: "For Gogol Ganguli, The man who gave you his name, from the man who gave you your name"

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