Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Just finished reading: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Currently reading: Possession by A.S. Byatt, page #19

About a year ago, I started watching the movie The Namesake, but fell asleep after about the first 20 minutes. That is no reflection of the movie or the story – I was just tired. But when I saw The Namesake at the library sale a few months ago, I decided to pick it up.

Loved it. Loved it so much I’d now like to read her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Interpreter of Maladies. The Namesake covers approximately a 35 year time period tracking the lives of the Gangulis, an immigrant family from India. Most of the novel centers on the life of Gogol, the American born son of Ashima and Ashoke. He deals with being an American while having the pressure from his parents to follow customs of the Indian culture.

After finishing the book yesterday, I was inspired to make a mixed vegetable curry. Yum!

Just barely started Possession, which is apparently also a movie but I haven’t seen it. So far, so good. I have a special fondness for modern British lit.

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