5.07.2007

Book Review: The Namesake



The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I don't know why I waited so long to read this novel, but after seeing the promotion of the movie at ALA Midwinter, I decided to give it a listen.

What a wonderful, engaging novel - now I know what all the fuss was about! This novel chronicles the lives of a family who moved from India to America, and the children they raise who become like strangers to them. I so enjoyed the blend of Indian culture with contemporary themes and issues in America.

With a couple of chapters left to go, I went and saw the movie before it left the theatres, and though well acted, beautiful and well filmed, it left off so much of the original novel, and lost so much of what made the book wonderful, though I still enjoyed the film and the actors in it.

The book, though, is the winner. :-)

Note: I listened to the audio edition, beautifully narrated by Sarita Choudhury.