The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri knows how to spin a good yarn. And don’t you love it when you open a book and it holds you from the very first paragraph? Lahiri achieves this effortlessly in The Namesake, a novel about a family of immigrants living in the United States.

Lahiri has a tremendous gift – exploring sensitively the tensions between family loyalty and individuality. The Namesake is a human story that will resonate with everyone who has grown up in a family. But more than that, it is an exploration of cultural identity. The characters seem effortlessly sketched, are utterly believable, and wonderfully sympathetic.

This is very engaging and warm novel. Recommended.

 

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch | Book club choices

Iris Murdoch was on the Philosophy curriculum when I was at college and I’m ashamed to say that somehow that put me off reading her again until now. I’ve changed my  view.

And, if your book club is looking for a novel that will provide plenty of themes for discussion when you meet, then Iris Murdoch might be a very good choice.

I will be reading more of Iris Murdoch – and soon!