Buddha of Suburbia
Publish date: May 1st 1991
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Coming Of Age
Out of the books I ever had to read for a class, this one was among my favourite. I don't really know why. I just enjoyed it, even though it's not the kind of book I usually read.
I'm not a big fan of coming-of-age novels more generally, but I enjoyed this one more than I expected. Very funny and very English, and at the same time often absolutely insane. The prose could be a bit smoother or more polished in places, and the second half kind of sizzles out - Kureishi feels mu...
I picked this one up because it came recommended to me as a novel of place - that place being London in the 1970s. Having recently traveled to London, I felt drawn to dive into a novel in which the story was inextricable from its London setting. This one is that and more. My full review is over here...
Karim lives with his English mother and ex-pat Indian father. Until his father starts to attain some reputation as a wise Oriental in their suburban English neighbourhood. (I'm using Oriental intentionally, with the reference to Orientalism, the romanticization of the other, and the mishmash of diff...
I grew up in a place called Bromley, which is a sort of no-man's-land between London and Kent, and unclaimed by either. Nothing happens there: the main activities are adultery and backing out of Waitrose carpark. Its list of famous former residents is limited to HG Wells (blue plaque outside Argos) ...
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