21 Best The Namesake Quotes
In this article, the topic of discussion is Jhuma Lahiri’s novel, “The Namesake Quotes.” These selective and important quotations were selected after I finished reading the book. Those of you who are interested in reading my review of The Namesake can read it here: The Namesake Book Review.
Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake quotes
1. Until now it has not occurred to Gogol that names die over time, that they perish just as people do.
2. Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination of pity and respect.
3. Within Bengali families, individual names are sacred, inviolable. They are not meant to be inherited or shared.
4. Pet names are a persistent remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people.
5. In America anything is possible. Do as you wish.
6. Remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.
7. American-born confused deshi.
8. Like the rest of their Bengali friends, his parents expect him to be, if not an engineer, then a doctor, a lawyer, an economist at the very least.
9. There’s no such thing as a perfect name.
10. She has the gift of accepting her life; as he comes to know her, he realizes that she has never wished she were anyone other than herself, raised in any other place, in any other way.
11. He was teaching me how to live alone.
12. Gogol is reminded that in all his life he has never witnessed a single moment of physical affection between his parents. Whatever love exists between them is an utterly private, uncelebrated thing.
13. I think I’m officially at the age when I want people to forget my birthday.
14. The nickname had irritated and pleased her at the same time. It made her feel foolish, but she was aware that in renaming her he had claimed her somehow, already made her his own.
15. She has adopted his surname but refuses, for propriety’s sake, to utter his first.
16. You’re going to break hearts, you know.
17. Read all the Russians, and then reread them. They will never fail you.
18. But you’re Indian. I’d think the climate wouldn’t affect you, given your heritage.
19. The fact that he is single doesn’t worry him, and yet he is conscious of the degree to which it troubles his mother.
20. True to the meaning of her name, she will be without borders, without a home of her own, a resident everywhere and nowhere.
21. The reader should realize himself that it could not have happened otherwise, and that to give him any other name was quite out of the question.
I hope you like these quotes from The Namesake. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
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