I assigned this story for summer reading and I have fallen deeply in love with it. I know this is a book I will return to time and time again. The presentation was flat and left much to be desired, but the story itself was so captivating I was able to overlook the faults.
Lahiri is a magnificently artful writer and captures the essence of what it means to be an immigrant in The Namesake. In this novel, the reader (or listener) follows a family of immigrants and their son Gogol, named after the writer Nikolai Gogol. Gogol wrestles with what it means to be an Indian, an American and named after a Russian. The reader swells with his successes and cringes at his failures all while feeling endeared to the family which he simultaneously clings to and runs from.
The audio book is of excellent quality and the narrator speaks clearly and with ease, allowing the audience to become engrossed by Lahiri's careful crafting of the English language.
Not the best, not the worst. Like her short stories, but this novel was a little taxing for me. I am still not quite sure what the underlying thesis of the book is.
Mom to Two
I loved this book and quietly wept at the end at the difficulties we all face in life. Beautiful storytelling and wonderful voice work.
Creating readers in high school English. Choice matters. Let them read!
The story of Gogol is important. How do we get our identities if not from our families, our cultures, our choices? The narrator is superb, adding such an authenticity to my experience that would not have happened if I'd read the book on the written page
The descriptions and the characters leap off the page and enter your heart where you will want them to remain forever.
A plot of some kind might have made this book better. The emigrant's struggle to belong in a new culture is interesting, but nothing new. This was more of a chronology, than a story.
Most Interesting - The later stories of the boy's mother as she was forced to find and do for herself
Least Interesting - The main character just seemed to whine about his life way too much
Someone with less of a monotone voice
I was very disappointed with this book. So many people loved it, but it felt like just another story of assimilation into a new culture. I feel like I have read it over and over.....just with different cultures and religions as the focal point.
yes, because the details of this story are charming
She gave the characters personality