The Namesake

The Namesake

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618485222
0618485228
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAHIRI 2004
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 21 cm

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This is a coming-of-age story about the son of Bengali immigrants by an immensely gifted writer.

When the Ganguli family arrives from Calcutta, one of their first challenges is what to name their son.

This story of Bengali immigrants is also a story about naming, defining, and redefining one's place in the world.

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."


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lukasevansherman
Sep 15, 2018

Anglo-Indian writer Jhumpa Lahiri's first book of short stories, "Interpreter of Maladies," won the Pulitzer. "The Namesake" is her first novel and has similar themes, namely the immigrant experience in America. Made into a film. Also, "The Windfall."

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ElleBee
Jan 15, 2018

I love this novel.

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ghoughton
Dec 17, 2016

I downloaded the ebook to read on my nook, and it will not let me open it without entering my full name and credit card despite the fact that the book is a rental from the library. The file opens fine on my computer. Anyone know how to solve this issue?

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WCLSBlaineLibrary
Dec 02, 2016

Truly engaging, well written, high praise for Jhumpa Lahiri... again.
She has a gift for chronicling families struggling with the delicate balance of
being loyal to traditions of India while coming of age in America.

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tjdickey
Apr 27, 2016

Richly detailed, but effortless. The film adaptation is excellent, but the book is the story in HD. Look for the train returning in different motifs, or the shoes that Ashima tries on her feet...

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pokano
Dec 31, 2015

I adored this book, the story of Indian immigrants and their children, as they try to adjust to American life while attempting--at least in the parents' generation--to preserve their own heritage. The parents are the product of an arranged marriage, but as the years go by, their shared experiences deepen their relationship. The son, named Gogol, after his father's favorite Russian author, spends his first two plus decades trying to deal with his parents' expectations as well as with a name he hates. Although some readers have complained that "nothing happens in this book," what happens is life, and Lahiri makes us care deeply about the members of the family.

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peggyb
Jun 14, 2015

a god reqr

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carolynlindstrom
Jan 08, 2015

Enjoyable, Indian couple in US, contrast with home and family in India, child grows up in NY.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

Ashima, in an arranged marriage to Ashoke Ganguli, misses her native India as she sets up house in Massachusetts. Her son Gogol is "the namesake" of the title and the centre of this richly detailed account of the immigrant experience. You will be charmed by the lovingly crafted cast of characters you meet in this author’s first novel.

mariamaslam724 Jul 27, 2014

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.

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catwcap
Jul 25, 2012

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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