The Namesake: Starting the way stories always used to start, this novel opens with the birth of the hero.
Gogol Ganguli arrives two weeks before he is due in August 1968, while his mother Ashima is preparing the snack she has craved throughout her pregnancy - raw red onions, Rice Krispies, green chillies and peanuts - "wishing there was mustard oil to pour into the mix".
It is the closest thing she can find in America to the street food she used to eat in Calcutta, her home.
Apart from the eccentric recipe, this could be mistaken for an unremarkable domestic scene.
But it is the brilliant use of detail here and throughout The Namesake, along with …
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Publication information: Article title: Books Reviews. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England). Publication date: January 30, 2004. Page number: 9. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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