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The Namesake

The Namesake

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Language English
Contributor(s) Jhumpa Lahiri
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Overview: The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiris 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 PENHemingway 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. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as a writer of uncommon elegance and

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  • Mariner Books
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date September 1, 2004
Publisher Mariner Books
Contributor(s) Jhumpa Lahiri
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Page Count 291
ISBN 10 0618485228
ISBN 13 9780618485222
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 317.5 grams
Product Dimensions 14 cm x 1.7 cm x 21 cm
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  1.  Heart warming, great story telling. 24 January, 2012 On
    If you love story telling, then Jhumpa is the writer you should read.

    the book starts in very simple backdrop and shows the most simplest of problems in life. It makes you think at every point whether or not the protagonist is correct or not.

    it makes you take sides and sit and wonder the pain of the people in the book.

    Such a great book and not so bad movie made from it.. Must Read.
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