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The Namesake
The Namesake
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
THE NAMESAKE follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into American...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002259019
ISBN-10: 000225901X
Publication Date: 1/2004
Pages: 291
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Flamingo
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 16
I just read this book in 6 hours, the day after I received it in the mail. Very well written, excellent description but not drawn out. Not predictable. Definitely worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 14
This is one of the most moving books I have ever read. It is one of the best depictions ever of the longing for a former homeland and the sense of not yet belonging to the new one that exists. Any immigrant or descendant of one will find an echo of his/her own life in this book. A lovely story of family, tradition and makes you laugh and cry at the same time!
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Helpful Score: 11
About the experience of an immigrant family to the USA. A very good read. I read it straight through and got very little sleep. Have not seen the movie, yet!
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Helpful Score: 10
I was unsure whether I would enjoy the book, but I found it hard to put down. The prose is effortless, wrought with detail but taut and fast paced. Not many surprises in the book - I felt I knew how it would end, but this was not disappointing. Overall, a great read, one I will remember.
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Helpful Score: 8
very touching. read it in two days. extremely atmospheric. made me want to put on some ravi shankar, drink indian tea, and eat chicken masala all day long. :)
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Loved this book. If you love experiencing different cultures and opening your mind to understanding different way of life. This book is perfect. Lahiri shows outsiders how his culture influences their decisions in life and how American culture can be a strong pull to forgetting about his heritage.

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