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The Namesake [Format Kindle]

Jhumpa Lahiri
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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

From Publishers Weekly

This recording features a spare, elegant reading by Choudhury of a story about identity, cultural assimilation and the burden of the past. Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli move from Calcutta to Cambridge, Mass., where they have a son who ends up being tagged with the strange name of Gogol. How he gets the name serves as an important theme as he deals with it and his heritage. The fact that Choudhury herself is half Indian aids her narration, as characters with that country's accent abound here. But much more important to this project is her lovely, mellifluous voice and even tone, which complements the text's own lush imagery. Perhaps owing to her English pronunciation, she is also adept at putting a polished spin on the voices of the upper-crust Manhattanites with whom Gogol becomes intertwined for a while. With such an excellent narrator, the recording neither needs nor includes much in the way of musical embellishment. The book itself makes several jumps in time and occasionally seems disjointed, but this production is a treat for the sheer combination of Lahiri's striking, often enchanting descriptions and Choudhury's graceful rendering of them.
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 442 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 305 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0618485228
  • Editeur : Fourth Estate (27 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00I7JO1O2
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (6 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Conflict in the soul 25 février 2005
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I really enjoyed The Namesake, just as much as I enjoyed Interpreter of Maladies. 'The Namesake' is a very entertaining novel that sheds light on the experiences of first generation Americans, whose parents are immigrants. It is one of the very few novels that have dealt with this subject and it certainly came out at its best in doing so.
It has got all the ingredients of conflict in a person's soul, conflict in a family and conflict in a community trying to stick together in another land. In this novel, the conflict in culture between Eastern vs. Western, The Old World vs. The New World, Father vs. Son is brilliant exposed. I could easily relate to the story as someone who is caught in the same situation himself. I was certainly disappointed by certain parts of the story, but on the whole it was marvelous. I was impressed by the positive reaction to it.
The characters are marvelously depicted and made to interact with so much fluidity, tenderness and love. The setting involving India and the USA is genuine. Brilliantly told, Namesake vividly brought out a clash of two cultures and of a boy realizing his father's life. In the end, we come to understand the enormous prize immigrants pay as they abandon their ethnic or national identities in their quests to be accepted in their new countries.
Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, FATHERS AND SONS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant and genuine 1 juin 2005
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This book is very powerful. Regardless of any literary or scholar interpretation, the namesake can be read by a very wide scope of readers.
You can see a story of culture differences within a family, as well as its effect on the son Gogol. But there is more to the namesake, which is a very discreet protest of the countries who shamelessly ignore everything of the human beings they shelter.
In that sense the United States are no exception. I think readers with immigrant roots will see even more than I did in this book.
I personally didn't have the slightes idea of what West Bengal is, which happens to be Ashoke's and Ashima's -the parents- mother countries. So reading the namesake was just a way to open my eyes on a different culture. My advise: READ IT.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 not really my thing, but very good 7 novembre 2014
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i don't generally read from this style or genre, but decided to broaden my horizons. very good book. speaks close to home, as an immigrant, although definately not the same experience. now have desire to read some more of her books, notably the one which one pulitzer, and also learn more about indian culture and the immigrant experience abroad.
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