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The Namesake : A Novel - Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake

A Novel

Paperback

Published: 28th July 2004
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The Namesake is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America, from 'the kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person and say "Read this!"' (AMY TAN) The Namesake is the story of a boy brought up Indian in America, from ?e kind of writer who makes you want to grab the next person and say 'ad this!' (Amy Tan). ?en her grandmother learned of Ashima?pregnancy, she was particularly thrilled at the prospect of naming the family?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 'by boy Ganguli?e given a name. In a panic, his father decides to nickname him Ugol?'96 after his favourite writer. Brought up as an Indian in suburban America, Gogol Ganguli soon finds himself itching to cast off his awkward name, just as he longs to leave behind the inherited values of his Bengali parents. And so he sets off on his own path through life, a path strewn with conflicting loyalties, love and loss ... Spanning three decades and crossing continents, Jhumpa Lahiri?much-anticipated first novel is a triumph of humane storytelling. Elegant, subtle and moving, The Namesake is for everyone who loved the clarity, sympathy and grace of Lahiri?Pulitzer Prize-winning debut story collection, Interpreter of Maladies.

The Namesake is a tender, moving account of an immigrant Indian family's struggle to integrate with American life, while at the same time respecting the traditions of Bengali culture. Focusing primarily on the experiences of the American-born Gogol Ganguli, the novel consists of a series of key moments - minutely observed, delicately constructed episodes that force him to address questions of loyalty and belonging. Gogol's unusual name, symbolic of parental love, provides the over-arching theme that unites the novel; it is a source of embarrassment, confusion and ultimately pride. Lahiri's Pulitzer prize-winning skill as a short-story writer is recognisable in her ability to capture atmosphere and emotion concisely and often beautifully. With humour and sympathy, she creates characters who must confront their fears and inadequacies to have a chance of happiness, against a background of three decades of American and Indian life. This is a wonderful, entertaining story, brilliantly told. (Kirkus UK)

ISBN: 9780006551805
ISBN-10: 0006551807
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th July 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.21