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L'omonimo (original 2003; edition 2007)

by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Title:L'omonimo
Authors:Jhumpa Lahiri
Info:Guanda (2007), Perfect Paperback
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003)

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The ending of this book left me feeling really sad. Gogol's reading the book his dad gave him before he passed away...and I was reading a book that used to belong to my Grammie Ruth before she passed away. I wonder what she thought of the book. I wish I could ask her. ( )
  brleach | Jan 26, 2015 |
A gentle saga about the lives, loves, personal tragedies and triumphs of an Indian family migrating to America - 1968 - 2000. Thought provoking sections on how names can impact people's attitudes toward themselves and their relationships. ( )
  siri51 | Jan 12, 2015 |
The story follows two immigrants from India who end up in NE USA. Their son, born in the US, is given the temporary name of "Gogol" but which becomes much more than his nickname. Well written. ( )
  addunn3 | Jan 8, 2015 |
One of my all time favorite books!! ( )
  ShiraR | Nov 6, 2014 |
Great Story, Memorable characters
  tommolinaro | Sep 12, 2014 |
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Jhumpa Lahiri's quietly dazzling new novel, ''The Namesake,'' is that rare thing: an intimate, closely observed family portrait that effortlessly and discreetly unfolds to disclose a capacious social vision.
 
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The reader should realize himself that it could not have happened otherwise, and that to give him any other name was quite out of the question.
        -- Nikolai Gogol, 'The Overcoat'
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For Alberto and Octavio,
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On a sticky August evening two weeks before her due date, Ashima Ganguli stands in the kitchen of a Central Square apartment, combining Rice Krispies and Planters peanuts and chopped red onion in a bowl.
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Any talk of The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri's follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut, Interpreter of Maladies--must begin with a name: Gogol Ganguli. Born to an Indian academic and his wife, Gogol is afflicted from birth with a name that is neither Indian nor American nor even really a first name at all. He is given the name by his father who, before he came to America to study at MIT, was almost killed in a train wreck in India. Rescuers caught sight of the volume of Nikolai Gogol's short stories that he held, and hauled him from the train. Ashoke gives his American-born son the name as a kind of placeholder, and the awkward thing sticks.

Awkwardness is Gogol's birthright. He grows up a bright American boy, goes to Yale, has pretty girlfriends, becomes a successful architect, but like many second-generation immigrants, he can never quite find his place in the world. There's a lovely section where he dates a wealthy, cultured young Manhattan woman who lives with her charming parents. They fold Gogol into their easy, elegant life, but even here he can find no peace and he breaks off the relationship. His mother finally sets him up on a blind date with the daughter of a Bengali friend, and Gogol thinks he has found his match. Moushumi, like Gogol, is at odds with the Indian-American world she inhabits. She has found, however, a circuitous escape: "At Brown, her rebellion had been academic ... she'd pursued a double major in French. Immersing herself in a third language, a third culture, had been her refuge--she approached French, unlike things American or Indian, without guilt, or misgiving, or expectation of any kind." Lahiri documents these quiet rebellions and random longings with great sensitivity. There's no cleverness or showing-off in The Namesake, just beautifully confident storytelling. Gogol's story is neither comedy nor tragedy; it's simply that ordinary, hard-to-get-down-on-paper commodity: real life. --Claire Dederer

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A young man born of Indian parents in America struggles with issues of identity from his teens to his thirties.

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