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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Loren Brutsch
Mrs. Ebarvia
World Lit.
The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri’s emotional, compassionate story called The Namesake explains journey through life and the obstacles that thwart it. Lahiri is an excellent author and has also created Interpreter of Madalies and Unaccustomed Earth. The story follows the life of an artistic, passionate, ignorant Indian boy named Gogol, whom is given a Russian author’s name for covert reasons. He spends his life ashamed of his heritage and disgraceful name and feels as though it is the only thing standing in his way of leading a normal American life. It is not until long after his father’s death and he has developed a family of his own, does he finally accept his name and the passion behind it.
The gentle narrative voice was unique and powerful. Jhumpa Lahiri tells the story in a distinctive way that moves the novel along and keeps you entertained. Also the characters were realistic and made you feel as if you grew up with them. The story’s narrative switches between the Ganguli family and Gogol’s sweethearts throughout the story, giving you all views on the situations at hand. Gogol Ganguli grows up and develops like any other man in the world, giving you the feeling that he is an existing human being and not just a fictional character in a beautifully written novel.
Though the novel was creative and well written, people could form the opinion that it was too realistic. Gogol Ganguli is an average Indian man who grows up in America, and besides his name, leads and ordinary life. Jhumpa Lahiri could have added more dramatic events or characters in Gogol’s life, to make the story more interesting. The story is fictional so anything was possible. Lahiri could have expanded her views and made more perilous consequences or something less practical happen to Gogol or his family to interest the reader.
Although the story had its weaknesses, it was still captivating and extremely well written by Lahiri. Readers with a passion for culture, obstacles, and delicate yet powerful novels will enjoy this story to the fullest. The Namesake was spectacular and will be loved by anyone with the love for heritage and experiences that make us who we are.

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message 1: by Graham (new)

Graham E. well that is very nice

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