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Intimacy: A Novel - Hanif Kureishi
Intimacy: A Novel
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"Nothing is as fascinating as love, unfortunately."Jay, the narrator of Hanif Kureishi's third novel, tells his story on the night that he is preparing to leave his lover, Susan, and their two boys. His departure will not be impulsive: "I have contemplated this rupture from all sides," he says.... show more
"Nothing is as fascinating as love, unfortunately."Jay, the narrator of Hanif Kureishi's third novel, tells his story on the night that he is preparing to leave his lover, Susan, and their two boys. His departure will not be impulsive: "I have contemplated this rupture from all sides," he says. But it will happen. He and Susan live comfortably in London. Each loves the children. Yet Jay, "lost in the middle of [his] life," craves and depends on passion in life, and it is no longer there.Known for "very funny works about serious topics" (San Francisco Review of Books) and his uncanny ability to capture the mores of our time, Kureishi strips away all posturing and self-justification to expose the flaws of his own protagonist and the failure of intimacy. Searingly honest, he explores the fears and desires that drive a man to leave a woman. Rarely has such challenging and complex emotion fit into so compact a novel; rarely has an experience both common and uniquely devastating been so courageously portrayed.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780684852751 (0684852756)
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 118
Edition language: English
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Calyre
Calyre rated it
J'ai tenté de me convaincre que quitter quelqu'un n'est pas la pire chose qu'on puisse lui faire subir. C'est parfois douloureux, mais ce n'est pas forcément une tragédie. Si l'on ne quittait jamais rien ni personne, il n'y aurait pas de place pour la nouveauté. Bien sûr, passer à autre chose consti...
Vera
Vera rated it
Kureishi is a great writer. The structure of the story was clever. Jay is a childish, self-centred, selfish, trivial, annoying, tedious, rude arsehole. Susan is better off without him.
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Cecily's book reviews rated it
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One man pondering his life and relationships the night before he plans to leave his partner and children. Not very likeable.
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