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 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.

Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, beguiling a circle of would-be mystics. And when the Buddha falls in love with one Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian hankf in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure and sexual possibilities. And when the Buddha falls in love with one of his disciples, the beautiful and brazen Eva, Karim is introduced to a world of renegade theater directors, punk rock stars, fancy parties, and all the sex a young man could desire.

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. Bdudhapages. Published May 1st by Penguin Books first published Whitbread Award for First Novel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Buddha of Suburbiaplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Do you think Daddio made the right move leaving his wife for Eva?

I think deep deep down he felt short-changed and found out too late the damage he’d done and couldn’t go back. Anand I dont know if it was subirbia. But that was the best one. For both Haroon and Margaret.

See 2 questions about The Buddha of Suburbia…. Lists with This Book. I grew up in a place called Bromley, which is a sort of no-man’s-land between London and Kent, and unclaimed by either.

Its list of famous former residents is limited to HG Wells blue plaque outside Argos and David Bowie then plain old David Joneswho went to school at a local polytechnic before running for the hills at the earliest opportunity.

That twanging pronunciation he has is the Bromley acc I grew up in a place called Bromley, which is a sort of no-man’s-land between London and Kent, and unclaimed by either. That twanging pronunciation he has is the Bromley accent par excellence. Oh, and Frankie Boyle, who vuddha tweeted the following: My favourite part about this was the local reaction, as reported by the Evening Standard.

A relatively calm place to live, a reasonable amount of shops and restaurants and great public transport to get into London. A reasonable amount of shops and restaurants! I had no idea there were any books set in Bromley.

I suppose if you’re from London proper, or Manchester, or even Brighton, you must get used to the idea that various works of art use your hometown as a setting — but for hanic it was a very new experience to read about characters in Orpington High Street or Beckenham or Petts Wood or all the rest of the suburban geography of my childhood.

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Of course I was there in the 80s and 90s, whereas Karim, the hero of The Buddha of Suburbia is primarily negotiating the s. But Bromley doesn’t sound too different: This suburban experience is one of the points of the novel, which among other things is a gentle examination of English class relations, particularly as they intersect with race — Karim’s father is an Indian immigrant, and the casual racism of the s is hovering there in the background.

For Karim, it’s more of a peripheral irritation: He’s bisexual, in the sense that he’ll sleep with anyone who’ll have him. I liked being handled by men, their fists pulling me; and I liked objects — the ends of brushes, pens, fingers — up my arse. But I liked cunts and breasts, all of women’s softness, long smooth legs and the way women dressed. 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.

So there is a lot of this sort of heated adolescent self-experimentation going on. There are many awkward sex scenes described in a similarly detached way, which can be very funny, although after a while I started to find it unnerving too, the clinical obscenities reminding me a bit of the sex scenes in American Psycho although when I mentioned this sburbia a friend she suburbka at me as if I was mental.

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

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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.

No fortune-teller had predicted this. I enjoyed the book, but for me it was never laugh-out-loud funny. Partly because I spent the whole time trying to compare these lessons about suburban upbringing to my own experience. However I do really like what Karim becomes by the end of the story — his acceptance of who he is, where he comes from, and what he knows and doesn’t know about — because lying suburia those things is what class is all about to me.

People who were bjddha ever half right about things drove me mad. I hated the flood of opinion, the certainty, kureizhi easy talk about Cuba and Russia and the economy, burdha beneath the hard structure of words was an abyss of ignorance and not-knowing; and, in a sense, of not wanting to know.

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. Local-boy-done-good David Bowie kureishhi came back to score all the music for the series. It was a brilliant soundtrack, but man, I bet he couldn’t wait to leave hxnif.

View all 31 comments. Zora one of the best reviews I’ve ever read here! Thanks for entertaining me. Dec 30, May 29, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: 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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View all 13 comments. Aug 06, Megan Baxter rated it kureiahi liked it. This book was a lot of fun. It has that wryly English sense of humour. 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 a certain time period in England, and mixes in second-generation immigrant issues.

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And a lot of sex.

The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Y This book was a lot of fun. You can read why I came to this decision budcha. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook May 15, Fabian rated it really liked it.

Very unique story with a fresh perspective on the London suburbs of the s. The Immigrant Tale is turned on its head as the main protagonist is an inspiration to anyone ashamed of their sexuality or even too cautious of it.

The blind cannot lead the blind, Karim knows this intuitively so he just shoots the shit; our main man is a Don Juan of a kind, with various sexual experiences under his belt which bathes the reader with an uncommon–for literature–enthusiasm for his escapades.

Sexual edu Very unique story with a fresh perspective on the London suburbs of the s. Sexual education we want for Karim, and he does not disappoint. Also, the novel is a very close relative to Kureishi’s claim to fame “My Beautiful Laundrette,” kureisyi is a great thing. Expect similar kyreishi at the conclusion of this one! He plays Mowgli in a play and is told by the director to fake an Indian accent to be more authentic.

He seems to be attracted to men and women both, but he will never hsnif whether he is heterosexual, or homosexual, or even bisexual. All he wants is just to get laid and get out of the suburbs before they smother him.

This is what he will go on doing leaving the hard task of making sense of everything to the reader. As far as coming of age novels go, this one is a gem. This is what Vernon God Little tried to be but failed — a satire that despite being genuinely funny feels also raw and authentic. The emotions don’t get lost in caricatures.

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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. All in all, a well rounded debut novel, deservingly described as a kind of modern classic.

View all 6 comments. Sep 30, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: This is a really neat and actually funny British Asian novel. It’s not the best thing since sliced armadilloes but it lies around pleasantly in my memory as a number of other better novels don’t. For some reason sburbia relationship between this gal Jamilla and the hapless goon who gets foisted on her in a hideous arranged marriage kind of way has remained with me almost like I met them once.

Jamilla is one of the coolest women ever. Or maybe just one of the most bad tempered. She’s the punk grand-d This is a really neat and actually funny British Asian novel. She’s the punk grand-daughter of Daisy, the unflappable promoter of contraception in The Painter of Signs by Narayan. Some days I think you could spend your life reading Indian novelists.