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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I hope it gets better not that I’ll be reading it! Books by Hanif Kureishi. Very unique story with a fresh perspective on the London suburbs of the s. It also unlocked something in my reading.

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

Kureishi has a killer eye for detail, both physical and emotional, and the characters, even the caricatures and cameos, are vivid and memorable.

All in all, a well rounded debut novel, deservingly described as a kind of modern classic. He also swears a good deal.

See all books by Hanif Kureishi. It is sobering for me to realize this book was published 25 years ago now.

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It hasn’t dated; it still feels fresh and new. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Always overhead was that heavy imperative: But that is not for now. The narrator’s voice is at once confidential and wittily superficial. When there is nothing left for him to do in London, he goes to New York for ten months.

He falls in love hard with one of his co-actresses, Eleanor, but she sleeps with Pyke because he is powerful and interesting, so he breaks it off, but not until he has had group sex with Matthew, Eleanor and Matthew’s wife. The title to this one is a bit misleading since the ‘buddha’ of suburbia is only present during the first half of the book. It’s a novel about people doing things, and there’s not much of a subtext, or a story, really. Tucked within is a real gem of a secondary tale. His father has moved in with a lady called Eva, a social climber, who sets about turning him into an exotic guru, and darling of the chattering classes.


Jamilla is one of the coolest women ever. While the later parts of the book were sometimes entertaining, I wasn’t really sure where the story was going.

W hat is most distinctive about The Buddha of Suburbia is the voice of its narrator. It is full of the colours, sights and sounds of that era. Karim is also a very internal person, yet is surrounded by outgoing people and is part of a dynamic whirl of events, socializing, coming-and-going, people changing, etc.

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The emotions don’t get lost in caricatures. At home, I found myself speaking Gujarati less and less.

One of my favorite moments in the text comes from a visit to the upper class aunt and uncle’s house. Several poems and as the novels continue through the semester, sex has become quite pr I read this book for my English class.

As Anwar smacked downwards with his stick, Changez lumbered to one side, just in time, withdrew the knobbly dildo from its paper-bag sheath, and with a Muslim warrior shout […] whacked my uncle smartly over the head with it.

Beautifully concrete and precise period detail in the manner of ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls although Buddha was written far nearer to the period biddha which it is set, so is perhaps less of an astonishing performance in this regard. As Thatcher’s Tory reign approaches, and punk rock explodes onto the underground music scene, Karim finds his place working in the theatre, among other working-class misfits from a range of cultural backgrounds.


It has that wryly English sense of humour. And how they can’t always be identical. She repeatedly iureishi the same ones. Topics Hanif Kureishi Classics corner.

A love story for at least two generations, a high-spirited comedy of sexual manners and social turmoil, The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years. Paperbackpages. Karim is a oc of hybrid. I’m being generous here. The novel is very adult and debates the idea of how to identify with who you are based on other people’s interpretation of you.

There is no neat ending and at times reads autobiographical. There are many awkward sex scenes described in a similarly detached way, which can be very funny, oof after a while I started to find it unnerving too, the clinical obscenities reminding subrubia a bit of the sex scenes in American Psycho although when I mentioned this to a friend she looked at me as if I was mental.

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

I loved books where kids were wronged and learned to fight back, books featuring cops on the edge, demon headmasters, mice with swords defending monasteries. But evidently Kureishi didn’t, and so the action kept shifting to new places and characters and, to me, lost something in the process.

It was predictable and unfortunately boring. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi.