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There's quite a bit of activity in Buddha of Suburbia. A bureaucrat becomes a suburban guru who marries a follower with a son who's a punk rocker named Charlie Hero. Consequently, the guru's son is propelled from his bland life into a series of erotic experiences in London. All the while, Hanif Kureishi keeps the tone lively with wry wit. On the description of suburban life: "We were proud of never learning anything except the names of footballers, the personnel of rock groups and the lyrics to 'I Am the Walrus.'" He also bends cultures, classes and genders while blasting the racism of British life in this 1990 Whitbread Prize winner.
Karim Amir, bored with his suburban lifestyle in England, is propelled into the fast lane and introduced to disparate cultures, classes and genders thanks to a disorienting chain of events sparked by his father, a self-proclaimed guru. PW called this "delectable. . . . Resembling a modern-day Tom Jones , this is an astonishing book, full of intelligence and elan."
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I'll leave plot synopses up to the other reviewers, but I personally enjoyed this book. This may not be enjoyable for those who aren't already accustomed to Hanif Kureishi's form... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. R. Tan
This is a great read! This story is about a person who straddles two cultures - a fast readPublished 6 months ago by debby g
One of my favourite books of all time. Read it when it was first published and just reread it to see if it held up. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MTM
I am sorry to say that it is annoying... I left it in the middle of the story. However, I can say that it gives a good idea of how Indians live and are integrated in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by gio
Pretty weird book with an abrupt ending is what I thought.Did not work for me at all and I struggled to finish it!Published 19 months ago by Avidreader