The Namesake

The NamesakeHet Bengalese Echtpaar Ashima En Ashoke Wacht In Amerika Op Een Brief Uit Calcutta Waarin De Grootmoeder Hun Pasgeboren Zoontje Een Naam Zal Geven Wanneer Deze Brief Niet Komt, Noemt Ashoke Zijn Zoontje In Een Opwelling Gogol, Naar Zijn Lievelingschrijver.Het Ontbreken Van Een Offici Le, Indiase Naam Wordt Gezien Als Een Slecht Voorteken En Terwijl Gogol Opgroeit, Zet Hij Zich Af Tegen Zijn Indiase Achtergrond Maar Als Zijn Vader Komt Te Overlijden, Begint Gogols Amerikaanse Fa Ade Scheurtjes Te Vertonen. After finishing the Namesake, my thoughts were drawn to my last roommate in college, an Indian woman studying for her PHD in Psychology When I first moved in, she had just broken up with her white boyfriend It never would have worked out anyway she had cried By the end of that same year she was flying of to Houston to be wed to a man she had only seen once, a marriage arranged by their parents Many nights my other roommate an exchange student from Berlin and I would sit out on the balcony smoking cigarettes and marveling at the concept of an arranged marriage in the new millennium This book made me understand her a little bit better, her choice in marriage and other aspects of our briefly shared lives, like her putting palm oil in her hair, the massive Dutch oven that was constantly blowing steam, or her mother living with us for 3 months This is after all the story of an Indian growing up American and the cultural adaptations and clashes that color his life Perspective shifting from parent to child and ba
In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her story collection Interpreter of Maladies, becoming the first Indian to win the award In the last story, an engineering graduate student arrives in Cambridge from Calcutta, starting a life in a new country This story is the basis for The Namesake, Lahiri s first full length novel where she weaves together elements from her own life to paint a picture of the Indian immigrant experience in the United States Ashoke and Ashmina Ganguli, recently wed in an arranged marriage, have immigrated to Boston from Calcutta so that Ashoke can pursue a PhD in engineering A world away from their Bengali family and friends and in the days before the Internet, their only means of communication was aero grams Ashmina is immediately homesick for India so she founds a network of Bengalis up and down the east coast, preserving traditions and creating a pseudo family in her new country With her husband learning and teaching, these friends are a reminder of home for her, and, as a result, she never fu
Look I admit it I read for escapist purposes Specifically, I read to experience a viewpoint that I would never have encountered otherwise I read to escape the boundaries of my own limited scope, to discover a new life by looking through lenses of all shades, shapes, weirds, wonders, everything humanity has been allotted to senses both defined and not, conveyed by the best of a single mortal s abilities within the span of a fragile stack printed with oh so water damageable ink I do not read to have my reality handed back to me on mundane terms than I myself could create on two hours of sleep and a monstrosity of a hangover.The good things about this book It s readable Very readable Very punctual use of commas, and paragraph indentations, and general story flow And by reading it from cover to cover, I have discovered a pet peeve of mine that I hadn t realized I had been liable to, but now fully acknowledge as part and parcel of my readerly sensibilities Fortunate for me, not so fortunate for the book.Show, not tell Perhaps you
Jhumpa Lahiri s excellent mastery and command of language are amazing She writes so effortlessly and enchantingly, in such a captivating manner and yet so matter of factly that her writing completely enthralls me Just look at one of my favorite passages so simple and beautiful Try to remember it always, he said once Gogol had reached him, leading him slowly back across the breakwater, to where his mother and Sonia stood waiting Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go. No wonder it took me quite a few days after finishing this book to finally surface from under the charm of her language before I was able to figure out what exactly kept nagging me about The Namesake.You see, The Namesake flows so well that it almost easy to overlook the weak plot development and the unfortunate wasting of so much potential that this story could have had After finishing it, I had the pleasant warm fuzzy nostalgic feeling and yet almost immediately the narrative itself began to fade in my mind, and it became hard to remember what exactly happened over the three hundred pages.In a nutshell, this i
He hates that his name is both absurd and obscure, that it has nothing to do with who he is, that it is neither Indian nor American but of all things Russian He hates having to live with it, with a pet name turned good name, day after day, second after second At times his name, an entity shapeless and weightless, manages nevertheless to distress him physically, like the scratchy tag of a shirt he has been forced permanently to wear Although on the surface, it appears that Gogol Ganguli s torment in life is due to a name that he despises, a name that doesn t make any sense to him, the true struggle is one of identity and belonging Jhumpa Lahiri crafts a novel full of introspection and quiet emotion as she tells the story of the immigrant experience of one Bengali family, the Gangulis Following an arranged marriage, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli move to America to begin a new life in Cambridge, Massachusetts While Ashoke has the distraction of a professional career, Ashima feels lost and adrift without family, friends, and the comfort of familiar surroundings In fact, Ashima will spend decades trying to make a life for herself, trying to fit into a culture that is so alien to the one she has left behind Upon the birth of her first child, Ashima feels so utterly alone without family by her side to support her and welcome this new baby A
Enjoyed reading about the Bengali culture, their traditions, envied their sense and closeness of family 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 Ashima misses her family, and after giving birth to a son misses them even They name their son, Gogol, there is a reason for this name, a name he will come to disdain Eventually the family meets other Bengalis and they become family substitutes, celebrate important cultural milestones together.This novel gave me a new understanding of just how hard it is to assimilate into a new culture The first half of the book I remained emotionally unconnected to the characters, felt it was tell than show This changed after a family tragedy which afforded an opportunity for the characters to change as well Was impatient with Gogol and his failure to
Nice book on struggling with intercultural identities I stare and stare at that sentence I can t believe that is all I have to say about this novel After all, this is MY topic This is my life My profession My passion How do people fit into a dominant culture if their parents come from somewhere else Which customs do they pick from which environment, and how do they adapt to form a crosscultural identity that works for them How is their language affected by constant switching Where if at all do they feel at home Do they have benefits from living between two worlds, or is it a loss All those things are contained in this Pulitzer winning author s novel, and yetAll I can say is It s nice And when
The Namesake, Jhumpa LahiriThe Namesake 2003 is the first novel by American author Jhumpa Lahiri It was originally a novel published in The New Yorker and was later expanded to a full length novel It explores many of the same emotional and cultural themes as her Pulitzer Prize winning short story collection Interpreter of Maladies Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston, and New York City, the novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differen
I read this book on several plane journeys and while hanging around several airports I m putting the emphasis on several because it took me a long time to read it even though I was in a hurry to finish I was in a hurry, not because it was a page turner but because I really needed to get to the end.And although I read it in relatively few days I still read it very very slowly There are a lot of words in this book I love words I can read words quite happily for hours as long as they don t come encased in boring reports or long winded articles I d be very poor at reading detailed accounts of real life happenings for a court case or an insurance settlement, for example I imagine my eyelids would droop and my attention would wander I m sure that in such a situation, I d jump at any opportunity to do something else instead So it was wise on my part to read this book on a journey, given that I was obliged to remain in my seat and do nothing other than read It s well known that I can t do nothing, therefore I read this book to the end.You ll have gathered by now that I think of this book in terms of a report or a historical document, one in which the author felt duty bound to record every detail of the experiences of the people whose lives she had chosen to examine They may be fictional characters but they sound like real people, and their stories sound like an accumulation of real data A
Book subtitle I will write down everything I know about a certain family of Bengali immigrants in the United States by Jhumpa Lahiri.Immigrant anguish the toll it takes in settling in an alien country after having bidden adieu to one s home, family, and culture is what this prize winning novel is supposed to explore, but it s no than a superficial complaint about a few signature and done to death South Asian issues relating to marriage and paternal expectations a clich d immigrant story, I m afraid to say.Gogol s life, and that of every person related to him in any way, from the day of his birth to his divorce at 30, is documented in a long monotone, like a camera trained on a still scene, without zooming in and out, recording every movement the lens catches, accidentally A final picture emerges in which nothing in particular stands out and twists that could have been explored deeply, on a philosophical and humanistic level, such as Gogol s disillusionment with his dual identity or the aftermath of Gogol s father Ashoke s death are touched upon perfunctorily or rushed through Some cultural comparisons are made as though to validate the enlightened United States at the cost of backward India This is a familiar line in immigrant success stories to justify their decision to migrate to

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  • 316 pages
  • The Namesake
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Dutch
  • 14 August 2017
  • 9789029085496