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The Namesake

The Namesake

  • Title: The Namesake
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  • ISBN : 9780618485222
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 291 pages


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 were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN Hemingway Award, and the 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 were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America.In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase that opens whole worlds of emotion The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves


Author Jhumpa Lahiri

Nilanjana Sudeshna Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and brought up in South Kingstown, Rhode Island 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 Lahiri graduated from South Kingstown High School and later received her B.A in English literature from Barnard College in 1989 She then received multiple d




The Namesake Reviews (31)

  • After finishing the Namesake, my thoughts were drawn to my last roommate in college, an Indian woman studying for her PHD in Psychology When I first moved in, she had just broken up with her white boyfriend It never would have worked out anyway she had cried By the end of that same year she was flyi [..]

  • In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her story collection Interpreter of Maladies, becoming the first Indian to win the award In the last story, an engineering graduate student arrives in Cambridge from Calcutta, starting a life in a new country This story is the basis for The Namesake, [..]

  • Look I admit it I read for escapist purposes Specifically, I read to experience a viewpoint that I would never have encountered otherwise I read to escape the boundaries of my own limited scope, to discover a new life by looking through lenses of all shades, shapes, weirds, wonders, everything human [..]

  • Jhumpa Lahiri s excellent mastery and command of language are amazing She writes so effortlessly and enchantingly, in such a captivating manner and yet so matter of factly that her writing completely enthralls me Just look at one of my favorite passages so simple and beautiful Try to remember it [..]

  • He hates that his name is both absurd and obscure, that it has nothing to do with who he is, that it is neither Indian nor American but of all things Russian He hates having to live with it, with a pet name turned good name, day after day, second after second At times his name, an entity shapel [..]

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