The Namesake | Study Guide

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Overview

Author

Jhumpa Lahiri

Year Published

2003

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Namesake is narrated from a third-person omniscient point of view, which focuses, alternatingly, on the perspectives of specific characters.

Tense

The Namesake is told primarily in the present tense, with the exception of some events being narrated in the past tense. The author occasionally uses the future tense to describe events that have not yet happened.

About the Title

A namesake is someone who has the same name as or has been named after another person. The title of The Namesake refers to the nickname of one main character, Gogol. The nickname stems from Gogol's father Ashoke's love of The Collected Stories of Nikolai Gogol, which saved Ashoke's life after a deadly train crash.

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