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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Feb 26, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-fiction, read-in-2012, favorites, spring-2012
Read from February 17 to 26, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Wow - Definitely one of my new favorites. Once I got to about the halfway point, I couldn't put it down. I loved the shifting perspectives. I only wish that we'd gotten a chapter from Sonia's point of view, too!

While I was reading it, I thought that I took issue with the fact that Lahiri sometimes sped through things a bit quickly, especially when it came to relationship dissolutions (his breakups with Ruth and Maxine, and the revelation about Moushumi's affair). As if all of a sudden she wrote, "Oh and then they broke up," when I thought I would have preferred a more thorough discussion of how the relationship dissolved, or some of the cultural clashes, etc. But once I got to the end and really started to grasp the point, realizing that the book was more about how these seemingly random, chance things can just form your life, I suddenly thought that her writing style was that much more effective in portraying that message. I don't know if that makes as much sense written out as it does in my head, but when the whole point of the book came together for me like that at the end, that's when it pushed my rating from a four up to a five.

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