I also got bored with the second half that focused on lots of rich, young New Yorkers sitting around drinking wine. At dinner he meets her father, a tall, good-looking man with luxuriant white hair, Maxine's pale green-gray eyes, thin rectangular glasses perched halfway down his nose. With the book still open on my lap, somewhere in New York City, while walking and talking on her cellphone, my mother laid out a plan for me to help her find a place that was close to her friends from 'back home,' but still somewhere around city amenities. Although our view into the life of Ashoke and Ashima makes them central to the novel, it is Gogol who becomes the main protagonist, and whose development we follow most… Eventually the family meets other Bengalis and they b. Gogol grows up perplexed by his pet name. Ashima misses her family, and after giving birth to a son misses them even more. Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. 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. The story they all have in common: The immigrant experience in the United States. Jhumpa Lahiri portrays the problems engendered by migrancy such as displacement, fragmentation, crisis in identity and cultural dilemma in her novel The Namesake. PDF. You've heard this story before. Shortly before leaving for college, Gogol legally changes his name to Nikhil Ganguli. Gogol is reluctant to meet with Moushumi because she is Bengali, but does so anyway, to please his mother. Welcome back. I never emotionally connected to these. The Namesake was published in Bengali by Ananda Publishers on 2005 under the title Samanamiie (বাংলা:সমনামী) translated by Poulomi Sengupta. This book is just not about the name given to the main character. He had been reading a short story collection by Gogol just before the accident, and lying in the rubble of the accident he clutched a single page of the story "The Overcoat" in his hand. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri For several years I taught the short story “A Temporary Matter” by Jhumpa Lahiri, which was part of an anthology of various authors, to college students. I really loved this book. Discussion of themes and motifs in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. The traditional naming process in their families is to have an elder who will give the new baby a name, and the parents waited for the letter from Ashima's grandmother. Written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and having been listed as a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, the book has wide appeal to a large number of readers. Gogol introduces Maxine to his parents. Nilanjana Sudeshna "Jhumpa" Lahiri (born July 11, 1967) is an American author known for her short stories, novels and essays in English, and, more recently, in Italian. The Namesake. What is so important about this book that it was selected for the 2015 "The Big Read" in Virginia? This appears to be written specifically for Western readers with no knowledge of Indian culture. “It never would have worked out anyway…” she had cried. PDF. It was directed by Mira Nair and featured a screenplay written by Sooni Taraporevala.[3]. This paper. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake (2003) is the first novel by American author Jhumpa Lahiri. I was in a hurry, not because it was a page turner but because I really needed to get to the end. As a young man, Ashoke survived a train derailment with many fatalities. Each of the above authors tackles this subject from a different enthnographic perspective, but the pull between the old (native) culture and the new (immigrant) one is always present. Print. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, Jhumpa Lahiri's much-anticipated first novel is a triumph of humane story-telling. A film adaptation of the novel was released in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and India in March 2006. One is that Lahiri's novelistic style feels more like summary ("this happened, then this, then this") rather than a story I can experience through scenes. He is rather stiff personality-wise, perpetually angry or else always on the lookout for someone to make a stereotypical comment about his background. Ashima and Ashoke, an arranged marriage, moving to the USA where Ashoke is an engineer, trying to learn a different way of life, different language, so very difficult. Ashoke is a professor in the United States and takes his bride to this foreign country where they try to assimilate into American life, while still maintaining their distinctly Bengali identities. After graduating from Columbia University, Gogol obtains a very small apartment in New York City, where he lands a job in an established architectural office. Manchester Community College Common Read . Moushumi and Gogol are attracted to one another and eventually are married. I an fascinated by Indian culture and love reading about it. I was immediately forced to consider how my mother is similar to Ashima, the matriarch of her family who is the thread that keeps custom and family together. No second thought at all: this book is well-written. (Not to be confused with The Namesake (1964), a children's novel by artist and writer C. Walter Hodges). They name their son, Gogol, there is a reason for this name, a name he will come to disdain. It explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies. I liked the first 40 pages or so. 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