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I an fascinated by Indian culture and love reading about it. Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and having been listed as a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, the book has wide appeal to a large number of readers. by Mariner Books. (AMY TAN)'When her grandmother learned of Ashima's pregnancy, she was particularly thrilled at the prospect of naming the family's first sahib. No second thought at all: this book is well-written. Specifically, I read to experience a viewpoint that I would never have encountered otherwise. 0; Pub Date: Sept. 16, 2003. Gogol grows to despise his name, and is deeply embarrassed by his namesake—the author Nikolai Gogol—and by the fact that the name is not linked to any part of his identity. After finishing the Namesake, my thoughts were drawn to my last roommate in college, an Indian woman studying for her PHD in Psychology. Ashima rests back on her pillow, limp with relief. Junot Diaz, Julia Alvarez, Anzia Yezierska, and Edwidge Danticat are just a few of the authors who have told their own versions. After a summer trip to India before starting college at Yale, Gogol starts opening up to his culture and becomes more accepting of it. Fans who flocked to her stories will be captivated by her best-selling first novel, now in paperback for the first time. In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her story collection Interpreter of Maladies, becoming the first Indian to win the award. tone Dispassionate (straightforward reporting of emotions and actions). I was in a hurry, not because it was a page turner but because I really needed to get to the end. I never emotionally connected to these characters. With the book still open on my lap, somewhere in New York City, while walking and talking on her cellphone, my mother laid out a plan for me to help her find a place that was close to her friends from 'back home,' but still somewhere around city amenities. Nice book on struggling with intercultural identities. A namesake is a person or thing that has the same name as another or that is named after another. The film takes place primarily in Kolkata, New York City, and suburbs of New York City. When I first moved in, she had just broken up with her white boyfriend. It left Evan devastated and confused. Ashima's decision to move on with her life, selling the suburban family home and returning to Calcutta, unifies and ends the story. time and place written Rome, early 2000s. Unaccustomed Earth is a new collection of short stories. You will discover information about Lahiri's early life, major works, and literary accomplishments. That's our oh-so wise author, Jhumpa Lahiri talking about how her parents felt as Indian immigrants in the United States. One is that Lahiri's novelistic style feels more like summary ("this happened, then this, then this") rather than a story I can experience through scenes. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. Gogol divorces her, while Ashima blames herself for pressuring Gogol to marry a fellow Bengali. They let you travel without moving your feet.”, “You are still young, free.. Do yourself a favor. Jhumpa Lahiri's debut story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, took the literary world by storm when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Gogol returns home to help Ashima pack the house when he finds the book Ashoke gave him as a graduation present. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri vividly describes the lives and the plight of the immigrant families, with a focus on Indians settled in America. It stars Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kal Penn and Sahira Nair. There is a movie too which stars Irrfan Khan and Tabu which isn't bad either, though reading the book would always be recommended. This story is the basis for The Namesake, Lahiri's first full length novel where she weaves together elements from her own life to paint a picture of the Indian immigrant experience in the United States. [4] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 82 out of 100, based on 33 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". This book is just not about the name given to the main character. I also got bored with the second half that focused on lots of rich, young New Yorkers sitting around drinking wine. I know this book and specially the author, doens't need any introduction here amongst this elite group of readers . author Jhumpa Lahiri. There were several problems. Before he goes to Ohio for a teaching apprenticeship, Ashoke tells Gogol the story of how he came up with his name. 'The Namesake' is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America. As I read this book, a Mexican-American family sold their home across the street from mine, and an Italian-American couple moved in three houses down. Many nights my other roommate (an exchange student from Berlin) and I would sit out on the balcony smoking cigarettes and marveling at the concept of an arranged marriage in the new millennium. Enjoyed reading about the Bengali culture, their traditions, envied their sense and closeness of family. I liked the first 40 pages or so. Directed by Mira Nair. I read to escape the boundaries of my own limited scope, to discover a new life by looking through lenses of all shades, shapes, weirds, wonders, everything humanity has been allotted to senses both defined and not, conveyed by the best of a single mortal's abilities within the span of a fragile stack printed with oh so water damageable ink. It explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies. I liked the first 40 pages or so. Gogol falls in love with Maxine and introduces her to his parents, who struggle to understand his modern, American perspectives on dating, marriage and love. There is a movie too which stars Irrfan Khan and Tabu which isn't bad either, though reading the book would always be recommended. Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake tells us about the life of two generations of immigrants from India. 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. Eventually the family meets other Bengalis and they become family substitutes, celebrate important cultural milestones together. There were several problems. “That's the thing about books. Ashima misses her family, and after giving birth to a son misses them even more. They begin dating and soon after get married. Ghosh shook his head. The film has cameo appearances by actor Samrat Chakrabarti, academic Partha Chatterjee (scholar) and visual artist Naeem Mohaiemen. Through a series of miscues, their son's nickname, Gogol (named after Russian author Nikolai Gogol), becomes his official birth name, an event which will shape many aspects of his life. See reviews, bio, and more. Following the birth of her children, she pines for home even more. I know this book and specially the author, doens't need any introduction here amongst this elite group of readers . What is so important about this book that it was selected for the 2015 "The Big Read" in Virginia? Book Review "The Namesake", written by Jhumpa Lahiri, is a masterpiece. In this lesson, you will learn more about the life of Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of 'The Namesake.' My second book by Lahiri and it did not disappoint. The year is 1968, and Ashima Ganguli, a Bengali woman who has recently moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts with her new husband, is about to give birth.Her husband, Ashoke, accompanies her to the hospital in a taxi. Literature & Fiction. The audio version was so easy to listen to. I've been wanting to read a book by Jhumpa Lahiri for a long time and I'm glad the opportunity finally arised. Book Review "The Namesake", written by Jhumpa Lahiri, is a masterpiece. [10], "The Namesake (2006) : When Cultures Clash", "Nirali Magazine - 21 Things You Didn't Know About The Namesake", "Why Rani, Abhishek lost out on Namesake", "Metacritic: 2007 Film Critic Top Ten Lists", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Namesake_(film)&oldid=997097086, Films about immigration to the United States, Pages with non-numeric formatnum arguments, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Soham Chatterjee as child Gogol aged 4 years, Nominated - Casting Society of America - "Best Feature Film Casting" - Cindy Tolan, This page was last edited on 30 December 2020, at 00:18. Her book was an immediate and widespread critical and commercial success, earning her the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and the PEN/Hemingway Award. I was very interested in the scenes in India and the way the characters perceived the U.S. after they moved. Ashima and Ashoke, an arranged marriage, moving to the USA where Ashoke is an engineer, trying to learn a different way of life, different language, so very difficult. Ashoke is a professor in the United States and takes his bride to this foreign country where they try to assimilate into American life, while still maintaining their distinctly Bengali identities. The Namesake: A Novel. Look. I was immediately forced to consider how my mother is similar to Ashima, the matriarch of he. The story they all have in common: The immigrant experience in the United States. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. Welcome back. The Namesake fits that criteria in t. The Big Read program selects books that broaden "our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves." Such a great book. “It never would have worked out anyway…” she had cried. It is as Nikhil that he meets his … Ashoke is a professor in the United States and takes his bride to this foreign country where they try to assimilate into American life, while still maintaining their distinctly Bengali identities. Connecting "the Namesake" with "the Overcoat" By: Alex Kasolapkina, Danielle Link, & Jaida Barnes What is the significance of Gogol Ganguli reading Nikolai Gogol's work, not as an adolescent, but as an adult at the end of "The Namesake"? Searching for comfort, and accepting his new life alone, Gogol finally reads the stories written by his namesake on the train home. In fact a feeling of never quite belonging to either. Even though I know the story, the book seemed new to me. By the end of that same year she was flying of to Houston to be wed to a man she had only seen once, a marriage arranged by their parents. I admit it. Free," … You will not regret it. I really loved this book. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before it's too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. language English. type of work Novel. Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010. The Namesake depicts the struggles of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli (Irrfan Khan and Tabu), first-generation immigrants from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia (Sahira Nair). He works as an architect and dates Maxine (Jacinda Barrett), a white woman from a wealthy background, who is clueless about their cultural differences. Brought up in America by a mother who wanted to raise her children to be Indian, she learned about her Bengali heritage from an early age. Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of nonfiction, In Other Words. A disappointingly bland follow-up to a stellar story collection. The official site for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Unaccustomed Earth, The Namesake, and Interpreter of Maladies. But soon I found myself losing interest. This appears to be written specifically for Western readers with no knowledge of Indian culture. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. I read for escapist purposes. You've heard this story before. When their first child is born, a son, they are awaiting a letter from Ashima’s grandmother telling them his name, which she is to have selected. His wife Ashima deeply misses her family and struggles to adapt. When their first child is born, a son, they are awaiting a letter from Ashima’s grandmother telling them his name, which she is to have selected. narrator Unnamed. I was very interested in the scenes in India and the way the characters perceived the U.S. after they moved. The name of Ashoke’s favorite author, the Russian Gogol. The story chronicles Gogol's cross-cultural experiences [5] and his exploration of his Indian heritage, as the story shifts between the United States and India. In search of the truth, how far Evan goes and eventually where he ended up, just like his father. Genre. Ashoke is a trained engineer, who quickly adapts to his new lifestyle. He resents many of the customs and traditions his family upholds and doesn't understand his parents. The ending finds the namesake alone, about to read the Russian Gogol for the first time. Gogol was born in the US to his Indian parents, who have moved there from Bengali. A film adaptation of the book premiered in 2006. 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