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Londonstani Paperback – August 28, 2007
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While it's true that the book features crime, and "gangsta" type characters, it is not an exploitation novel. In truth, it's more _The Outsiders_ than _Goodfellas,_ with even a few _Catcher in the Rye_ moments. Malkani knows his characters and he makes them believable, flawed and human.
Watch out, also, for Malkani's tricks of the language. There are more than a few sudden turns here, where you think you know what's going on throughout an entire chapter, and not until the very last paragraph do you realize that what you thought was going on was really something else again. Indeed, it's not until the very end of the book that we realize the full tragic proportions of Malkani's troubled main character.
Recommended. I look forward to Malkani's next book.
Although the initial acceptance of Jas into the rudeboy group seems unlikely, it doesn't detract from the story and the twist at the end had me flipping back through the book to see if I could spot any clues. But of course, there were no clues which is what made the twist so surprising!
Malkani's clever writing makes you comfortable then throws in twists which can sometimes shock. His description of two separate occasions melded into one was particularly interesting.
This novel was a great read and made me laugh out loud at times! It may not be the perfect novel but life is flawed so why should we expect writing to be flawless?
The Desi patois is slick and skilfully done. The author has clearly researched his social group and knows a great deal about the sociological and economic factors that influence the kids in Hounslow (he is, after all a Cambridge educated Financial Times journalist). There is a wicked twist at the end which is alluded to at several points in the book (see if you can spot it - but no peeking). Some of the narrative is a little too ideas laced - as if the writer had several different sociological themes he wanted to shoehorn into the plot. But it is an important and interesting addition to Asian themed literature in London and deserving of its wide acclaim.
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Wow! Here is a book bursting with life. The young narrator is a bit like the narrator in The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, and is not... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by vodkasauce
I found the dialect difficult to understand, and most of the book is dialect without much in the way of background. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Cabot Radcliffe friend
If you are a typical sheeple who loves senseless violence, the type of obvious coolness that can only be had by wearing crisp clothing with the latest ridiculous label on, racism,... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Bazzy
I decided to ignore the negative reviews and give this a shot.
First of all, you should know that GM read a lot of really dark novels prior to writing this. Read more
I never write reviews, but I am writing one this time because I want people who stopped reading the novel because of the language to pick it back up. The language bothered me, too. Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by annanimal
An author makes a conscious choice whether or not to use any of the available human elements of drama; thus, Gautam Malkani frames his novel, Londonstani, around two scenes of... Read morePublished on February 12, 2008 by Jerome Titus
The story follows a naive just-past-school-age teenager named Jas and his East Indian 'bredren' crew as they navigate their way through life in Hounslow, London (aka home to... Read morePublished on December 27, 2007 by Brittany Rose
This debut novel by financial journalist Malkani is well worth reading and deserves much respect for its brilliant recreation of a particular form of urban patois. Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by A. Ross
I never knew that terms such as "paki", "rajamuffin", "britasian", "rudeboy" or "desi" had so many meanings! Read morePublished on November 10, 2007 by Paul Dsouza