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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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Karim, the teen, tries to find out who he is in a country that sees him as black and treats him like a foreigner. And when the Buddha falls in love with one Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage buddhz with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure and sexual possibilities.

I felt it would bbuddha heart-breaking to have to choose one or the other, like having to choose between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

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 to this book to make you dream of living in or really ever visiting London or its surrounding areas. In the meantime his parents have split up.

I learned about myself, other people, different cultures, my own culture. The title is a bit misleading.

Through his work with two theatre companies, Karim gets to know new people from completely different backgrounds, like the working-class Welshman Terry, who is an active Trotskyist and wants him to join the party, or Karim’s lover Eleanor who is upper middle-class but pretends to be working-class.

Quotes from The Buddha of Sub I t has huddha in print for less than 20 years, but Hanif Kureishi’s debut novel remains an important time capsule for teenage life in s London, confronting racial politics at a time when immigrants were treated as suburbis on British soil.

So, in the end I can’t give it a full 4 stars.

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But it was the interesting ones, like Eva with her hard, taking edge, who ended up with everything, and in bed with my father” But this is as much about class division as it is about multiculturalism, with Karim trying to fit into the other classes and bring a bit of a square peg in a round hole.


It’s the kind of book you might ask someone at a dull party if they’ve read, and they have or not and no more is said of it.

Views Read Edit View history. Perhaps that’s also why the whole book seems perfectly pitched, sort of an old-fashioned British comic novel of eccentric families and cartoonishly cool friends, yet, unlike that often conservative form Kingsley Amis etcit’s on the side of characters who are Indian immigrants, bisexuals, left-wingers, hippies and arty types of all stripes.

Later in the novel the main character’s father an Indian immigrant, a boring bureaucrat living with his family in a grey London suburb is suddenly discovered by London’s high society, which is hungry for exotic distractions, and so he becomes their Buddha -like guruthough he himself does not believe in this role.

There are lots of worse things to do with your time. Stay in Touch Sign up. Maybe it was more wonderful back in the 90s, when sexuality and multiculturalism were still academic novelties. Returning to London, it seems different to Charlie and he realizes it is him that’s different. This is only for the portion that I’ve read, which is most of it.

buxdha The interesting people you wanted to be with – their minds were unusual, you saw things freshly with them and all was not deadness and repetition Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. There is no neat ending and at times reads autobiographical. Being suburban and not white – “truly I was more beige than anything” – he sees the working class from a suspicious distance. The euburbia was made into a stageplay by Kureishi, which was produced at the time of a hate-crime in Britain against a young man, Stephen Lawrence, and this created a lot of critical response to the play and the book.

What can you do” 29?

How The Buddha of Suburbia let me in to a much wider world

Also, the novel is a very close relative to Kureishi’s claim to fame “My Beautiful Laundrette,” which is a great thing.

Please try again later. The Buddha of Suburbia is kureidhi exception. It’s the kind of book you m I’ve been putting this off for nearly 20 years, and finally, I am underwhelmed.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Now, with British children and a life in the UK, she feels that dream has died.

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His parents’ relationship and their fall-out is complicated and ugly. I rarely saw myself represented in these books — not that I knew that was an issue at the time. As Thatcher’s Tory reign approaches, and punk rock explodes onto the underground music scene, Karim finds his place suburbiia in the theatre, among other working-class misfits from a range of cultural backgrounds.


This book was a lot of fun.

That tone of voice

Several poems and as the novels continue through the semester, sex has become quite pr I read this book for my English class. Ahnif comments… Trouble loading? I was discovering rap and bhangra and, if I was not working with my parents in their warehouse, the odd daytime rave at weekends.

Intimacy was very spare, the “action” taking place in just one day, and most of the actio I’ve been reading Kureishi backwards, starting with Intimacy, then Something to Tell You, and now his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia. She was climbing ever higher, day by day.

It is not surprising then, looking back, that he can see the roots of conservatism already in the ’70s. There is still the feel of a late day hippy liberalism but with the birth of punk you can already see the signs of proto-Thatcherism and Kureishi captures that zeitgeist superbly. May 01, Pages. Like Mum, they were good and meek and deserved more love. Through Karim, muddling through playing Mowgli in the Jungle Book, his attachment to his father’s new girlfriend, guilt about his mother, his stepbrother’s move from mediocre musician to punk icon, the book captures guddha certain time period in England, and mixes in second-generation immigrant issues.

Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, beguiling a circle of would-be mystics. The ”Buddha” of the title is Haroon, father of Karim, the narrator, who works as a mundane Government bureaucrat until he deserts his British wife, Margaret, and moves in with socially climbing Eva giving out advice in the evening like some mystic guru to largely other bored Londoners.

My favourite part about this was the local reaction, as reported by the Evening Standard. I do the work to ensure that her bookshelves are aspirational, so they present a world that she wants to belong to, that validates her experience.