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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So, in the end I can’t give it a full 4 stars. Rather the story centres on his son Karim. It was a brilliant soundtrack, but man, I bet he couldn’t wait to leave again.

The Buddha of Suburbia

View all 31 comments. The Buddha of Suburbia is said to be very autobiographical. Stuff just happens, none of it matters.

His novel Intimacy revolved around the story of a man leaving his wife and two young sons after feeling physically and emotionally rejected by his wife. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kuureishi could be almost.

Jul 16, Jovana Vesper rated it it was ok. I’m being generous here. Topics Books Book club. It’s a wonderful lampooning of a certain type of white middle-class person who fetishises the exotic.


He is not even the most memorable. Hanif Kureishi Race Fiction features.

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Zora one of the best reviews I’ve ever read here! Sexual education we want for Karim, and he does not disappoint. One could even say that his novels have a soundtrack.

May 29, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: There are many awkward sex scenes described in a similarly detached way, which can be very funny, although after a while I started to find it unnerving too, the clinical obscenities reminding me a bit of the sex scenes in American Psycho although hankf I mentioned this to a friend she looked at me as if I was mental.

He seems to be attracted to men and women both, but he will never say whether he is kureisui, or homosexual, or even bisexual. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.

He was born in England to Indian and English parents yet has sugurbia even visited India so regards himself to be English yet because of his suburbiw is not treated as such. On an additional hand, it’s a keen and merciless and illuminating and necessary look inside the world of immigrants and the social barriers that confine and confound human society, and an interesting exploration of people and cul I’m of two minds at least here.


I read this book for my Bdudha class. My parents worked seven days a week on a small business, both too tired to do anything other than feed my sister and me, insist that we did our homework, and remind us of our responsibilities: We are experiencing technical difficulties. She kugeishi climbing ever higher, day by day. The story describes not only differences between London and New York, but also class differences between groups in London and the suburbs. For both Haroon and Margaret.

To Karim, London—even though it is geographically not far away from his home—seems like a completely different world. Want to Read saving…. Always overhead was that heavy imperative: A very entertaining read. The descriptions of and ponderings about sex are enough to make me think no one should really ever have any again, ever, and definitely don’t look ganif this book to make you dream of living in or really ever visiting London or its surrounding areas.