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The Namesake
The Namesake
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri's debut story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, took the literary world by storm when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Fans who flocked to her stories will be captivated by her best-selling first novel, now in paperback for the first time. The Namesake is a finely wrought, deeply moving family drama that ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780618485222
ISBN-10: 0618485228
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Pages: 291
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 821 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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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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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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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One of my favorite books by a wonderful author. So well written with interesting details about Indian culture. Highly recommend!
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Lahiri is a talented writer, and her prose is smooth and readable without being oversimple. But this story was just uninteresting to me. Specifically, I didn't feel connected enough to Gogol, the main character, to really care what happened to him, and after a while the book became a chore and I seem to have stopped picking it up. I am no expert, but it would have been nice to have some tension or an unanswered question or even an ongoing conflict to make the story compelling. Without that, the book felt like chatter and like I said, I eventually just stopped reading.

I absolutely loved her story “Hell-Heaven” (in the collection Unaccustomed Earth), which makes me think the problem with this book is probably with me, not her.
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I'm partial to loving anything by this author, particularly her short stories. This novel did not disappoint. And it's much better than the movie, of course.

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