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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Jan 14, 09

I liked this book but for some reason it left a weird sensation while I read it, like the main character, Gogol/Nikhil, was just walking around most of his life in a daze and it left me feeling like I was walking with him in that daze. (Maybe that's what the author intended?) His parents were both born in India and move to the US and Gogol was born there. Although he lead mostly a very Americanized life, I felt like he was struggling throughout most of it, mostly because of his name and not because of his heritage. It was just kind of weird. I am sure I would never watch the movie if they ever made one... it would be way too slow and depressing!
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Laila I read this book also. I also have several Indian friends that were both born in India and moved here as teens and those that were born in the USA to Indian parents. One think I have learned is that the Indian heritage and culture is very deeply inbedded in their lifes - even after years and years of living in the USA. I think it takes several generations in this country to begin to separate from that culture. Many of them still do the arranged marriages -- you know what --- they work!!
Anyway, that background is what made the book seem realistic to me.

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