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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Seeley I found both Gogol's and Sonia's about-face after their father's death rather unconvincing - we needed more for that to be believable. I would have liked to see less expository exploration of the mother's character - and more depth to the portrayal of the father - the glimpses we got of him once Gogol became the main character were tantalizing. I found it a rather frustrating read.


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan I have read 150 pages if the novel and I agree with you. She does write in summary form. The reader has no genuine sense of being in this book. Eight months in Calcutta I should have felt I was there. Not so!


message 3: by Ramesh (new)

Ramesh I read your review partly through reading The Namesake and immediately put my finger on what I didn't like. I liked the book more than you did probably only because I'm a second generation Indian who went through pretty much the same childhood as Gogol (but i don't hate my name).


message 4: by Ajay (new)

Ajay True. This is an overrated book that got the attention it got because the writer is of Indian heritage. The movie is far better as the director had the good sense to turn it into Ashima's story rather than Gogol's.


message 5: by Geraldine (new)

Geraldine Awosanya i so agree with your review. it's hard for me to get through this book because of how flat it is so far.


message 6: by Kate (new)

Kate I finally saw the film and agree with Ajay that it's better than the book. I think that's because the visual genre of film incorporates the details I craved in the book. I truly enjoyed and was engaged in the story in film form.


message 7: by Kate (new)

Kate Ajay wrote: "True. This is an overrated book that got the attention it got because the writer is of Indian heritage. The movie is far better as the director had the good sense to turn it into Ashima's story rat..."

I agree that the movie was MUCH better than the book.


message 8: by Victoria (new)

Victoria AGree, Kate. I'm struggling to finish, but I will because I dont like to leave a book unfinished. Certainly is 'flat'.


Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) YES. This is exactly why I bailed on the book. I just couldn't care about these people and their angsts, even though they are the same issues in a different context that have deeply scarred my own life.


message 10: by Bushybeard (new)

Bushybeard Agree re dlack of connection, but maybe the intended effect is disconnection - from each other, from family, etc. I see a strong Homi Bhaba influence in Lahiri's writing, in the sense of liminality, cultural translation, and third spaces.


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