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A Reader's Reflection on The Namesake

April 30, 2018
By Anya-Chabria BRONZE, Albertson, New York
Anya-Chabria BRONZE, Albertson, New York
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Jhumpa Lahiri, I beg thee, explain
The Jekyll-and-Hyde personality
The Namesake so effortlessly maintains.
Thy prose expresses such tranquility
Like a stream’s water, it flows in smooth waves.
Thy writing voice is ever crisp and calm,
This voice, I can only relish and rave
As I relax under its soothing balm.
Yet, intensity hides in the pages
Crackling like an underfoot autumn leaf,
Reminding this world, for all the ages
That in the writing world, thou art a chief.
Classic is this book, right next to Doyle’s,
Cool and high-strung, a spring’s resting coils.

The author's comments:

This sonnet is about The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a novel that follows the life of an American child of two Indian immigrants.  I felt a strong connection to this story, as it had themes that my entire family could relate to.  Further, I genuinely enjoyed the use of language in this book.  Lahiri showed a control over the written word that I wish to have someday.  

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