In the opening paragraph of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia, the seventeen-year-old narrator feels compelled to announce his nationality three times. The Buddha of Suburbia [Hanif Kureishi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the . So opens Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia. That “almost” almost killed me. I remember the day I got that book out of the library. I’d seen.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. One of the best and funniest coming of age stories I have ever read.

How The Buddha of Suburbia let me in to a much wider world

The narrator’s voice is at once confidential and wittily superficial. The comedy of the novel relies on the narrator’s determination to stay on the surface of things – to combine candour with caricature. In White Teeth, Zadie Smith writes: This article has multiple issues.

Intimacy was a traumatic read for me; it was Kureishi’s barely fictionalized account of walking out on his partner and his two young sons and kureisui was unapologetic. Actually I didn’t like anyone in this book very much.

As far as coming of age novels go, this one is a gem. Some days I think you could spend your life reading Indian novelists. This suburban experience is one of the points of the novel, which among other things is a gentle examination of English class relations, particularly as they intersect with race — Karim’s father is an Indian immigrant, and the casual racism of the s is hovering there in the background.

Intimacy was infuriating, but beautifully written, and it made me want to find out what makes Kureishi tick. The plot is hardly labyrinthine and there’s no neat resolution, but Kureishi’s blunt treatment of race, politics and sexuality is sure to grab the reader’s attention as he confronts uncomfortable home truths about British attitudes towards foreigners. The emotions don’t get lost in caricatures. There were three contemporary TV dramas I remember really speaking to me when I was a teenager: I thought that it was so well written that it probably deserved a 4 star rating, but, seeing as I liked it but didn’t love it probably because Usburbia didn’t like or feel any sympathy for anyone in the novel apart from perhaps Karim’s long suffering mother.


Jul 23, Lex rated it liked it.

People who were only ever half right about things drove me mad. Even though The Buddha is set in the s and ends just before the Kureihi era begins, Kureishi was writing it under the direct influence of the outcome of Thatcherism. Two to two and half stars.

What else would you say when you have been sexually assaulted by the Great Dane belonging to the furiously racist father of a prospective girlfriend, your best jacket soiled by “dog jissom”.

He’s bisexual, in the sense that he’ll sleep with anyone who’ll have him. The first paragraph – and the whole book – still carries that same sense of promise and excitement.

A very entertaining read. The Buddha of Suburbia is said to be very autobiographical. I should have read and treasured this book long ago. As Anwar smacked downwards with his stick, Changez lumbered to one side, just in time, withdrew the knobbly dildo from its paper-bag sheath, and with a Muslim warrior shout […] whacked my uncle smartly over the head with it.

He is torn between wanting acceptance from two camps: The novel is very adult and debates the idea of how to identify with who you are based on other people’s interpretation of you.

She repeatedly wants the same ones. Perhaps that’s also why the whole book seems perfectly pitched, sort of an old-fashioned British comic novel of eccentric families and cartoonishly cool friends, yet, unlike that often conservative form Kingsley Amis etcit’s on the side of characters who are Indian immigrants, bisexuals, left-wingers, hippies and arty types of all stripes. I had no idea there were any books set in Bromley.

Always overhead was that heavy imperative: My family did not do things together regularly. As he surveys the extraordinary scene in the front room of Hanlf Kay’s house in Beckenham – four cross-legged middle-aged couples discussing music and books to a background of recorded chanting – his verdict tries to be true to the memorable hnaif of the gathering. I am disgusted by the content in this book. Also, the novel is a very close relative to Kureishi’s claim to fame “My Beautiful Laundrette,” which is a great thing.

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Show 25 25 50 All. He plays Mowgli in a play and is told by the director to fake an Indian accent to be more authentic. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

Meanwhile, his father, the book’s most memorable character, is on a similar path, teaching Buddhist discipline to a generation of ageing kureisgi, while Karim indulges in drugs and mutual masturbation behind closed doors. It made me feel less alone. He also swears a good deal. Kureishi gives his narrator the redundant clauses that keep us in mind of a person speaking to us: May 06, Gretchen Achilles rated it it was amazing.

And how they can’t always be identical.

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Views Read Edit View history. Jun 11, Jane rated it liked it. I suppose if you’re from London proper, or Manchester, or even Brighton, you must get used to the idea that various works of art use your hometown as a setting — but for me it was a very new experience to read about characters in Orpington High Street or Beckenham or Petts Wood or all the rest of the suburban geography of my childhood.

It felt alien to me to see a familiar name on the cover of a book. kkreishi

The novel is highly episodic; Kureishi uses juxtaposition and collage. Rather the story centres on his son Karim. A reasonable amount of shops and restaurants! Pop music is an important theme in Kureishi’s novels.