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Subject: The Namesake, what did you think?
Date Posted: 1/12/2008 10:30 AM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2007
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I got this book for Christmas and I just started reading it.  Since the book came out people have been trying to get me to read this and I had no interest in it.  I didn't know anything about Bengali Indians and I thought that she would use a lot of Indian words and history that I wouldn't understand or even be interested in.  I was so wrong, she writes so beautifully and makes things easy to understand.  I love the story and the history of the characters.  I'm almost done with the book and I see that they made a movie from the book.   I am so glad that I got this book and was finally forced to read it.  I hope others enjoyed this book as much as I did!

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 5:19 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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I liked it.  I've not seen the movie, though.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:20 AM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2006
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I actually saw the trailer for the movie first and wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.  I loved it.  It was a great story of living in a new country and leaving family behind as well as the relationship between parents and children in general.  I would recommend this book to almost anyone.

Date Posted: 1/21/2008 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2007
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Ooooh, good!  I saw the movie and liked it a lot.  Another book for my TBR pile...sigh...

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 4:57 AM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2008
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I loved it and read it twice in two years.  You can really get a sense of the characters and how they feel about their lives.  Very haunting at times.  A great read.

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2007
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I really liked this book...I still wanna see the movie. Is it as good as the book?

Date Posted: 3/29/2008 6:41 PM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2007
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I really enjoyed the book, and her other book (Interpreter of Maladies). The movie was also enjoyable, but not if you're expecting to see the book on screen. (Personally, I had also wished they'd chosen a main actor I wasn't already familiar with... but, that's me.)

Date Posted: 7/26/2008 7:16 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2008
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I read this for a Lit class last fall and liked it so much I decided to keep it when I was selling all my other books back at the end of the semester. I'm a poor college student, so I think this says a lot. Hehe. Lahiri writes beautifully, and her characters are so full of emotion and life. The book is not flawless, however. I think it starts to lose its momentum toward the end, but it's still a great read!