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The Buddha of Suburbia - Hanif Kureishi
The Buddha of Suburbia
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Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure—and sexual possibilities. Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia,... show more
Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure—and sexual possibilities. Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, beguiling a circle of would-be mystics. And when the Buddha falls in love with one of his disciples, the beautiful and brazen Eva, Karim is introduced to a world of renegade theater directors, punk rock stars, fancy parties, and all the sex a young man could desire. A love story for at least two generations, a high-spirited comedy of sexual manners and social turmoil, The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140131680 (014013168X)
ASIN: 014013168X
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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jonafras
jonafras rated it
3.0 Buddha of Suburbia
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...
Mark Books
Mark Books rated it
3.0 The Buddha of Suburbia
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...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
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...
Warwick
Warwick rated it
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) ...
Nyx Book Reviews
Nyx Book Reviews rated it
2.0 The Buddha of Suburbia
Weird, dull and not funny. Turns out I really don't care about rebellious and unhappy teens trying to find themselves in the seventies.
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