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The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri

tvarsofhvnii's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective relaxing tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

recorderkfk's review against another edition

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5.0

Tender and deeply human! I came to Lahiri's work via her short stories. This story, of a boy whose parents move from Calcutta to Boston is a story inherently about belonging.

Belonging portrayed in how we love, how we try to be loved by others and remember well. Highly recommend if you're looking for a grounded human story.

devinboehmer's review against another edition

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4.0

Really interesting to read from the perspective of different generations of immigrants from India, specifically a Bengali family. I loved the writing, character study of Gogol, and structure of the book! Definitely would love to check out more of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work soon.

enewport's review against another edition

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5.0

Can't describe how beautiful this story is. You just need to read it for yourself.

viv_reads's review against another edition

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

riya_moorthy's review against another edition

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This is the book that. got me back into reading. It truly captivated the feelings that I felt being a child of two immigrants from India. I related a lot to the characters and the struggles they faced with embracing their parent's culture and creating their own path.

eberico's review against another edition

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5.0

I read The Namesake after seeing the movie, and I can genuinely say that I enjoyed both equally, which was a great deal. Both were at times joyous and heart-wrenching, and I highly recommend them.

ashbcgc's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

seleneluna's review against another edition

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4.0

read this for asian american lit lol...highly highly recommend to anyone who is interested in asian american literature, indian american literature, etc.

abbeyjfox's review against another edition

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5.0

beautifully written. want to go to india.