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This review is from: The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West (Hardcover)
I loved the author's courageous honesty about his experiences growing up as a Muslim Pakistani in 1960s and 70s England, having moved here with his parents when he was aged one.
This book is about a search for religious and cultural identity and belonging, and about the awkward discovery of sexuality and relationship, set against a bewildering and conflicting mixture of both Islamic and British customs. The shocking racism is described with unsentimental irony and dignity. This book throws light on Islam, prejudice and racism; an important education at any time but especially in today's political climate.
I particularly enjoyed the honest, non-fictional, witty and endearing story of the author's struggle to belong whilst trying to carve out his own path in life.