I got to tell you something, This is the first time I join a kind of meme like this. A meme called Wishful Wednesday which was initiated by this blogger. She has run this meme for quite a long while, obviously. I have just found about this cool stuff earlier today. So the rule of this ‘game’ is to post an article about one (or more) book(s) that you really want to read, but you haven’t owned it until now. It can be the book that you’re planning to buy or you’re wishing to get it (them) from someone. 😉
Maybe most of you haven’t known about my crazy reading hobby. Or maybe you have? Haha…yeah I am proud bookworm, just to let you know.
So, for my first Wishful Wednesday, I will post about a book, called ‘The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is the review taken from Goodreads.
Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion. The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as “a writer of uncommon elegance and poise.” The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.
I have noticed about this book for a couple of years, but I didn’t manage to buy it until now. It’s already in my wish-list Goodreads shelf for over a year, I guess. The first thing that attract me was the author, herself. I mean, who doesn’t know Jhumpa Lahiri? An Indian-American author who has won book-related prizes.
This book apparently want to break the common ancient interpretation that there’s ‘no correlation between your name and your fortune in life’ or you can say in Indonesian language ‘apalah arti sebuah nama‘. Based on the story of this book : yes, name do have meaning. your name can define your ability to survive in the society. your name can apparently boost up your self confidence. Especially if you plan to pursue your career in foreign countries, your name play quite a big role in order for you to adapt in your new society. Imagine if no one can spell your name in the right way. Okay, maybe you can get through it. But not everyone can do the same thing. I think this is the core of this novel. I totally haven’t read a single page of this book, but the synopsis at the back of the book, and also the Goodreads review really give me a lot of hints.
I am also interested with Indian culture, such as that so-called arranged marriage that is still exist in this modern days. I have some Indian friends back then when I was in the UK and many times they told me about their cultures, their habits, their movies, etc. Haha. Somehow I become curious with that.
One reason that restrain me to immediately buy this book is that I still have so many books queueing to be read at the moment. I promise, by the time I finish all of my books in my ‘To Be Read’ shelf, I will buy this book. However, if someone (by any chance) want to give me this book or want to do a book swapping with me, I will always appreciate that. 🙂
Hey you can also join this Wishful Wednesday. All you need is just follow these ‘rules’ :
1. Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu
2. Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
3. Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
4. Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlist-nya di hari Rabu