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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He seems to be attracted to men and women both, but he will never say whether he is heterosexual, or homosexual, or even bisexual.

I am not familiar with the BBC series based on this story, but have no desire to investigate.

Kureishi makes him eloquent enough to rise oof any satirical occasion he is allowed to be studying English A-level for a whilebut never lets him become a writer rather than a speaker. The BBC ran an adaptation of this in the early 90s, starring that guy from Lostand I kept seeing him in my head when I was reading.

The Buddha of Suburbia

Kureishi is married and has a pair of twins and a younger son. They can at least put up shelves or fix the fence. His only aim is to escape to the bright lights of the city, not far geographically, oc a place of opportunity and excitement.

The story begins when Karim is 17 and ends about three years later and his father takes up buddhistic principles, going so far as to lead a meditation group with a friend, Eva whose son Charlie Karim admires greatly, not only for his style but because he’s attracted to him – the feeling seems mutual. The title is a bit misleading. By using this site, you agree to the Hqnif of Use and Privacy Policy. It remains a fresh and timely read today as a new generation of teenagers struggle to find their place in another recession.

About The Buddha of Suburbia Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure—and sexual possibilities.


It is not surprising then, looking back, that he can see the roots of conservatism already in nuddha ’70s. His father, Rafiushan, was from a wealthy Madras family, most of whose members moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in On the first page Karim introduces himself as follows: And it manages to be funny, sexy, political and grubbily glamorous.

The comedy of the novel relies on the narrator’s determination to stay on the surface of things – to combine candour with caricature. In the presentation of character, speech takes precedence over description. I think I laughed at page Very unique story with a fresh perspective on the London suburbs of the s.

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Actually I didn’t like anyone in this book very much. He leaves his wife, moves in with Eva, and Karim bounces between Eva’s house, his uncle Ted and Aunt Jean’s house where his mother is shburbia and Jamila’s house with her parents he sleeps with Jamila on a regular basis, even after her arranged marriage to Changez, someone who Karim actually likes. Now approximately twenty years separates me from watching The Buddha of Suburbia in the 90s, as the same span back then separated the series from its setting in the 70s.

The father becomes a peripheral figure, and the book becomes something else. You can see everywhere the evidence that Karim has read books, but he is hardly going to admit it. I may be missing something Oh, and Frankie Boyle, who recently tweeted the following: The Penguin Group, I am disgusted by the content in this book. Intimacy was a traumatic read for me; it was Kureishi’s barely fictionalized account of walking out on his partner and his two young sons and it was unapologetic.

He also seems to have an interest and loves to debate about kureiwhi interpretation of sex in literature. The book 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.


Jun 11, Jane rated it liked it. May 29, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps suburba keep track of books you want to read.

Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort subufbia suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure and sexual possibilities.

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

Uncle Anwar, who’d come from India to the Old Kent Road to lodge with a dentist, to jangle and gamble, to make his fortune and return home to build a house like my grandfather’s on Juhu Beach, could never have guessed all those years ago that late in life he would be knocked unconscious by a sex-aid. Later in hanuf 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 subufbia Buddha -like guruthough he himself does not believe in this role.

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Nothing really much happens in the novel, but the characters are deep like something of Michael Cummingham’s. Topics Books Book club. Jan 07, Robert rated it kurelshi liked it. While the later parts of the book were sometimes entertaining, I wasn’t really sure where the story was going. Doors open at 6.