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May 11, 2021mmyjer20 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The author is a good writer. The book reads easily. It was a book full of emotion about family. I think the author got the emotions accurate as it pertains to leaving home to another place and it is not ever really the same. Also how the…
Apr 26, 2021
Wow. I read this book for school, but man, I fell in love with it just as easily as I have with books I read on my own time. I love a good family drama, and The Namesake checks all of those boxes. Something I think is really worth noting…
Apr 17, 2021
A lovely novel by the wonderful author Jhumpa Lahiri. The Namesake follows the story of a Bengali family who is transplanted to the Northeast. Instead of warmth, spices and lots of family, the Gangulis are thrust into the cold, bitter…
Apr 01, 2021r__shei rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I liked how this book had a realistic representation of what some South Asian families in the USA with immigrant parents are like. The book shows the children, first generation Indian-Americans, drifting away from their parents’/family…
May 26, 2019Groszerita rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a story of the immigrant experience and also a story about a father and son relationship.
Sep 15, 2018lukasevansherman rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Anglo-Indian writer Jhumpa Lahiri's first book of short stories, "Interpreter of Maladies," won the Pulitzer. "The Namesake" is her first novel and has similar themes, namely the immigrant experience in America. Made into a film. Also,…
Jan 15, 2018
I love this novel.
Dec 17, 2016
I downloaded the ebook to read on my nook, and it will not let me open it without entering my full name and credit card despite the fact that the book is a rental from the library. The file opens fine on my computer. Anyone know how to…
Dec 02, 2016
Truly engaging, well written, high praise for Jhumpa Lahiri... again. She has a gift for chronicling families struggling with the delicate balance of being loyal to traditions of India while coming of age in America.
Apr 27, 2016tjdickey rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Richly detailed, but effortless. The film adaptation is excellent, but the book is the story in HD. Look for the train returning in different motifs, or the shoes that Ashima tries on her feet...
Dec 31, 2015pokano rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I adored this book, the story of Indian immigrants and their children, as they try to adjust to American life while attempting--at least in the parents' generation--to preserve their own heritage. The parents are the product of an arranged…
Jun 14, 2015
a god reqr
Jan 08, 2015carolynlindstrom rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable, Indian couple in US, contrast with home and family in India, child grows up in NY.
Jan 05, 2015WVMLStaffPicks rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Ashima, in an arranged marriage to Ashoke Ganguli, misses her native India as she sets up house in Massachusetts. Her son Gogol is "the namesake" of the title and the centre of this richly detailed account of the immigrant experience. You…
Jul 27, 2014
this book is really a page turner. Sure its boring form the beginning but the writer proves herself at the end. Although, it is very inappropriate at some parts its a good book.
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Feb 20, 2013d2013 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent read and the movie was good too!
Aug 29, 2012
a wonderful story about family and moving to Canada from a culture so different ...uses the Russian poet Gogol as they name there son born in Canada after hard it is to be the parents of children born here and grow up being so…
Jul 27, 2012uncommonreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A good novel about first generation immigrants caught between two worlds.
Jul 25, 2012catwcap rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A nicely writtten story about a family's journey through their history of ancestry, race, finding one's self in another world and leaving the world they knew in a different place than the present. Joyful at times, sad at times, this…
Jun 24, 2012apollard18 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book is exquisitely written. Lahiri's ability with language is evident in the rich, textured writing style of this book, which depicts the immigration experience of one Indian family. Also engaging is the cultural conflict represented…
Jun 11, 2012ser_library rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
i liked the span of years but got bored halfway through and then skimmed
Jun 07, 2012pplarel rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I work with many people from India and this was recommended to me by one of my coworkers. I also read her other book, Interpreter of Maladies. The Namesake was a very interesting look into the culture and life of an immigrant. I enjoyed…
Nov 24, 2011
An amazing book. It's a must read.
May 12, 2011
I have read both of her collections of short stories and this, her novel. Her narratives are very descriptive and her language is precise. She paints wonderful pictures of a life that is a different culture than my own. I await more from…
Jan 07, 2009
I love this book......the movie is also very good. But I always suggest reading the book before watching the movie. Very well written...I felt the characters come to life in the pages.