Monday, April 23, 2007

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri's first book, Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a rare feat for a short stories collection and even more notable for a debut work of fiction. This award affirmed the New Yorker Magazine’s summer fiction issue of 1999 that included Lahiri among the “20 best young fiction writers in America.” (Beachcomber)

Lahiri once again amazes readers with smooth and elegant prose in her novel, The Namesake. The Namesake is the story of the Ganguli family; Bengali immigrant parents and their American-born children. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli, who were united through an arranged marriage, have difficulty assimilating to American customs and culture, while their children cannot entirely relate to their Indian heritage. The story is mainly about Gogol, one of the children, and how he reacts to his name in America and how he can live in America and yet respect his culture.

I'm going to see the film tomorrow with a couple of friends and I'm eagerly looking forward to it. See the trailer for the film below.

Readers' Guide

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