Soon after they arrive in Cambridge, their first child is born, a boy. According to Indian custom, the child will be given two names: an official name, to be bestowed by the great-grandmother, and a pet name to be used only by family. But the letter from India with the child's official name never arrives, and so the baby's parents decide on a pet name to use for the time being. Ashoke chooses a name that has particular significance for him: on a train trip back in India several years earlier, he had been reading a short story collection by one of his most beloved Russian writers, Nikolai Gogol, when the train derailed in the middle of the night, killing almost all the sleeping passengers onboard. Ashoke had stayed awake to read his Gogol, and he believes the book saved his life. His child will be known, then, as Gogol.
Lahiri brings her enormous powers of description to her first novel, infusing scene after scene with profound emotional depth. Condensed and controlled, The Namesake covers three decades and crosses continents, all the while zooming in at very precise moments on telling detail, sensory richness, and fine nuances of character.
©2003 Jhumpa Lahiri; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"This production is a treat for the sheer combination of Lahiri's striking, often enchanting descriptions and Choudhury's graceful rendering of them." (Publishers Weekly)
"This poignant treatment of the immigrant experience is a rich, stimulating fusion of authentic emotion, ironic observation, and revealing details." (Library Journal)
"This is a fine novel from a superb writer." (The Washington Post)
"An effortless and self-assured bildungsroman that more than delivers on the promise of...Interpreter of Maladies." (Book Magazine)
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
That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.
Out of all my downloaded Audible books, this one was the biggest disappointment, I have persevered with this audible book, but if I can describe this book as a colour, I would give this book a grey palate. The Character of Ashima is so Grey, that what else would her offspring be but a duller shade of grey, who despises his Grey Ancestry, and Name. It promises so much more , a melodic story with colorful characters , strong, vibrant however I am more than 1/2 way through and I would like to poke my eardrums out with a skewer as this book is boring me to tears. Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdi, Abraham Vergehese. Don't waste your money seriously
What do you want in a book? Believable characters? An engrossing plot? Beautiful narration? This audiobook has them all. Read it, then see the movie. I enjoyed both.
Been listening when listening to books was unheard of - and on tape. I've evolved along with Audible and love everything about Audible!!
Enjoyed this book very much. Appeals to me as I enjoy reading about relationships, watching characters change and learning about other cultures. It isn't The Great Novel, but enjoyable and entertaining.
Perhaps I was expecting too much, but people told me that Jhumpa Lahiri was a really good writer. i had wanted to listen to her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, but that was not available on Audible at the time I downloaded this. I thought it would be a fine substitute, but I was disappointed.
The writing is nice and pleasant and easy to get through, but I did not find it captivating or beautiful. The plot was predictable and every event in the book was overly foreshadowed by abrupt changes in tone. The themes focusing on the interaction of name and identity and the unique dilemmas faced by 2nd generation Indian Americans were interesting, but dealt with in such a heavy handed fashion. You never found yourself discovering any ideas in this book. They are essentially just told to you.
I did enjoy it. It was nice and a good way to pass the time, but it is nothing terribly substantial.
I loved the reader and thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Indian culture and families. The story follows the life of the main character, Goggle (?) from childhood to adulthood, and his day to day struggles, which, although not terribly exciting, were terribly real. I can't wait for the movie.
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