Top positive review
10 December 2018
Book Review "The Namesake", written by Jhumpa Lahiri, is a masterpiece. I know this book and specially the author, doens't need any introduction here amongst this elite group of readers . There is a movie too which stars Irrfan Khan and Tabu which isn't bad either, though reading the book would always be recommended. This book dwells upon the intricacies of the life of Indian immigrants in America- A Bengali couple, dares to dream to have a life away from their home, in a foreign land, dealing with situations, circumstances unintended, unanticipated, unplanned one after the other, with the major one hovering around the life of their son, who is named " Gogol" by his Father, after the famous Russian author -Nikolai Gogol. How he hates his name and changes it when he is an adult, however is never able to erase the person that he is, his roots and his origin. He is never able to detach himself off his identity that came from his parents. All the characters in this novel are so empathetically created, that you as a reader would care very fiercely and ardently for each one of them in the various situations of life they are in, without being judgemental. You will find yourself, laughing, crying and feeling for them. You would barely be able to out his novel down. If this is you first one of Lahiri's work, you are sure to pick up the next one soon. And this book does raise the standards of choice of books that one makes. Atleast it did that to me. Go for it. And it will draw you effortlessly into its world.