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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 843 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 15
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: 10
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: 7
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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One of my favorite books by a wonderful author. So well written with interesting details about Indian culture. Highly recommend!
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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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Excellent insight into a culture that has always fasinatied me....