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The Namesake

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  • The Namesake (HarperPerennial) – Mass-market paperback (2004)
    by Jhumpa Lahiri

    The Namesake

    Mass-market paperback, HarperPerennial
    2004
    304 pages

    ISBN: 0006551807
    ISBN-13: 9780006551805

    'The Namesake' is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America. 'When her grandmother learned of Ashima's pregnancy, she was particularly thrilled at the prospect of naming the family's first sahib. And so Ashima and Ashoke have agreed to put off the decision of what to name the baby until a letter comes...' For now, the label on his hospital cot reads simply BABY BOY GANGULI. But as time passes and still no letter arrives from India, American bureaucracy takes over and demands that 'baby boy Ganguli' be given a name. In ... Show more

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Reviews of The Namesake

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Nellie

Sweet and meaningful

by Nellie on Jul 22, 2009

An intelligent and empathetic look at transcultural family life, Indian values and its tensions, and the search for roots by a writer formed by such things (India, UK and US). Wonderful character portrayals, a delightful read that may broaden your cultural awareness as it did mine.

JRich

Wonderful!

by JRich on Jul 15, 2008

I loved this story for the way it portrayed both the ordinary and the extraordinary experiences of the characters' lives. The way she wove the stories of Ashoke and Ashima together with the stories of their children was also very beautiful giving you a perspective most readers will probably share - that of a child and that of a parent - having been the one and become the other. Certain parts of the story broke my heart and other parts felt like small triumphs, but all told the story just felt very real. My life, as a suburban wife and mother living 3 miles from where a grew up with a Western European background and not even possessing a passport, is continually enriched by authors such as Lahiri who share something that, to me, is a world away.

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sase
by sase on Jan 22, 2008

the way she wrote the book will make you feel how each of the characters felt in different situations there is a beautiful connection between the reader and the characters she did a wonderful job

Nell

Culturally Revealing and Poignant

by Nell on Jun 22, 2007

Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake is a powerfully told story of cultures merging. It is also a riveting coming-of-age story of a boy who grows into his name. Definitely a worthwhile book!

pattybake

The Namesake

by pattybake on Apr 26, 2007

This book is a wonderful read! I read it for my book club in February. I would recommend this to everyone!

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