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  • The Namesake

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book - in print and audio

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

Beautiful and poignant

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-03

This is a beautiful book about the human struggle to both claim and resist family, history, and heritage. Told from the perspective of a second generation American-Bengali boy, Lahiri guides the reader through the universal journey to find oneself. Although the protagonist's heritage is Indian, this is a story with which all Americans can relate. Definitely recommended.

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