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The Namesake

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into American culture if not fully at least with an open mind. His young bride is far less malleable. Isolated, desperately missing her large family back in India, she will never be at peace with this new world. Soon after they arrive in Cambridge, their first child is born, a boy. According to Indian custom, the child will be given two names: an official name, to be bestowed by the great-grandmother, and a pet name to be used only by family. But the letter from India with the child's official name never arrives, and so the baby's parents decide on a pet name to use for the time being. Ashoke chooses a name that has particular significance for him: on a train trip back in India several years earlier, he had been reading a short story collection by one of his most beloved Russian writers, Nikolai Gogol, when the train derailed in the middle of the night, killing almost all the sleeping passengers onboard. Ashoke had stayed awake to read his Gogol, and he believes the book saved his life. His child will be known, then, as Gogol. Lahiri brings her enormous powers of description to her first novel, infusing scene after scene with profound emotional depth. Condensed and controlled, The Namesake covers three decades and crosses continents, all the while zooming in at very precise moments on telling detail, sensory richness, and fine nuances of character.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sarita Choudhury

Length:

10h 13m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:42


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:02


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:00


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:45


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:15


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:38


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

01:48


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:51


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:26


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:23


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:03


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:10


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:35


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:29


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:43


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:23


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:08


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:07


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:15


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:12


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:06


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:11


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:46


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:33


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:08


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:00


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:57


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:37


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:04


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:33


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:40


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:20


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:11


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

01:42


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:10


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:47


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:12


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:28


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:22


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:16


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:16