Monday, July 24, 2006

The Namesake-My 2 Cents

I hope it's not too late to comment, but I finally finished! I was up 'til 2am this morning reading the last 100 pages or so. Although I didn't mind reading it, it was a bit slow in some parts. However, Lahari aged the characters really quickly. I also agree that it read like a short story, but I didn't feel like the important characters were underdeveloped, except for Sonia. I appreciated the final chapter, when Ashima and Gogal were able to stand in each other's shoes and realize what their cultures meant to each other. For most of the book I disliked Gogal because he separated himself from his family and seemed selfish. I respected him in the end when he came to understand his mother. I disliked Ashima for most of the book because it seemed she didn't really try to embrace the American culture and wasted most of her life longing for India instead of making the most of it. I had more respect for her after she was able to live and work independently and make American friends. I enjoyed reading about Maxine's family, as I could really relate to them: they love to eat good food and drink good wine, Lydia loves cooking, they're cultured, ect. Maxine seemed a bit shallow, just a bit aloof.

I feel satisfied that I have finished this book, although it wasn't something I couldn't wait to get back in to. It's not something I would have pulled from the shelf, had I not been a part of this group, so thanks for the recommendation!

I went to the library today and picked up The Time Traveler's Wife and French Women Don't Get Fat. Danish Girl was at another branch, so I put in a request for it. I'll probably give it a try, and if I don't like it, I can always put it down. In the mean time, I can't wait to dive into these other books. Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Let's start fresh on a new book

Who wants to choose one?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Just checking in...

Hello Witty Women! I hope all of you are enjoying your summer! Mine has been pretty lazy. However, in spite of my "free time", I have not managed to keep up with this blog and the book! I'm only on ch.3 of Namesake. So far, it's enjoyable and easy to read. I'll get caught up soon. Instead of reading when my little one naps, I have become an internet addict, obsessing over fashion websites!!! I know, I need to get a life!! I do manage to squeeze in a yoga or strength-training session so not all of my time is wasted. Then, there's tidying up the house (not #1 on my priority list), and various projects going on. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I'm still here and still want to participate, even if I am behind. I can see that many of you are busy too as this blog hasn't been very active lately. Take care for now and I'll check in later! Happy reading!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Witty Women of Words

Witty Women of WordsI liked Jen's comment that it reads as a short story, because as I was reading I felt that although there was some beautiful descriptive writing, there was a lot of filler that I had a hard time getting through. I felt mostly frustrated with the charactors. Several of them (Gogol's girlfriends) were introduced without being developed and then dropped from the story. Ashima seemed very much ruled by fear and longing. The charactor I enjoyed most was the father, Ashoke. I loved the scene where he and Gogol walked to the end of the breakwater and he told Gogol to "Remember it always" "That you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go" I think that was a lovely metaphor for the immigrant experience, leaving everything behind and starting completely anew without a safety net.
Erin

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Has anyone read Gogol's "The Overcoat"?

I read it a hundred years ago in my fiction writing class at TU. I was thinking that it might be fun to pull it out and take another look, see how many parallels there are between the novel and the story if any.