The Namesake and Diaspora

The Namesake, published in 2003, is the first novel written by Jhumpa Lahiri. Lahiri was born to Indian parents in England who then moved to America while she was still a child, making her a part of the Indian diasporic community. This theme of Diaspora is recurrent in her writings, including The Namesake. In the … Continue reading The Namesake and Diaspora

Tragedy in Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, is a landmark text in African writing in English. At the most basic level, the novel is a story about Okonkwo, his rise to status in the Igbo community and the subsequent fall culminating, eventually, in his suicide. The combination of hubris and misfortune that leads to … Continue reading Tragedy in Things Fall Apart

To The Lighthouse: Of Time and Narratives

Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse (1927) is a modernist literary classic. One of my favourite things about Woolf's works, and about this novel, in particular, is her use of Stream of Consciousness narrative technique and her treatment of time within it: her art of making one day span over a hundred pages and compress ten … Continue reading To The Lighthouse: Of Time and Narratives