There are many people worldwide who leave, willingly or forcibly, their home country and shift to some foreign country for study, work or for whatsoever purpose. The Namesake book is about the immigrant’s experience in that new place. The novel describes the struggles and hardships of a Bengali couple who immigrate to the United States to form a cross-cultural identity that works for them. What I liked about this work is how Jhumpa Lahiri has given the novel a realistic view with all her observations and adding minute details to every single character and event. In many places, you get the feeling that it is the author’s own story. Cultural comparisons are common in such stories. However, the author’s attempts to portray India and Indian culture wasn’t enough to give the true picture of our country. It disappointed me to an extent, more than it pleased. A mixed-offering and might bore young readers… however, it will be a good read for literary fiction readers. Interested? Fit the profile? Get a copy from Amazon India by clicking below:
Review by Parakashtha for Read Then Wrote Book Blog
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri – Book Review
Long gaps, extrapolated details, elongated suffering… the book offers a grand experience of sorrow but forgets to take on board the masses’ expectations. Good for those who love literary fiction. For those who like otherwise, look otherwise.