I’ve just finished reading Hanif Kureishi’s “The Buddha of Suburbia”.
The book is set in the dying months of Callaghan’s Labour Government in the 1970s. It ends just before the Thatcher era begins. The story is about Karim – who has a white mother and an Indian father - and who is frantic to get away from his suburban South London home where he lives with his parents. He is offered a dream chance to escape his frustrating existence and become a theatre actor in London. Afterwards he moves to American. Eventually returning to London to take part in a TV soap opera. The book looks at karim’s life as a British outsider in times of bigotry and racial abuse. His loves, friendships, aspiration and dead ends.
The book – through karim’s eyes – looks at karim’s parents break up and his relationship with both is parents and his father’s lover and eventual partner, and it also looks at the weird relationships he has with other actors; who come over as a freak acting community.
The book is sexually explicit, so not for the fainthearted. An interesting focus on somebody from mixed racing trying to make head and tails of his life and his surroundings in 70s mixed times.
I am now starting on Monica Ali’s “In the kitchen” This will be the second book I’ve read by Monica Ali; the first being Brick Lane.
Are you sure that you are old enough to read such naughty books?
Reading them could make your hair curl.
Also what did Monica get up to in the kitchen?
The Kitchen table was put to very good use in Book and Film “ The Postman Always Rings Twice" And as far as I can remember, Jack Nicholson never even used a rolling pin!
A very good Movie.
I saw the film “ The Buddha of Suburbia” some time ago ..very entertaining.