An intertext of Rushdie's densely postmodern and multicultural novel The Satanic Verses. A contemplation on faith, fundamentalism and liberalism crystallised in the identity crises of Shahid and his secret love affair with Deedee. The political pretensions of the novel makes the characterisation look contrived, more nuances can be added to the binary oppositional setting. That said, same as Kureishi's other novels, this book offers very good and truthful dialogues...Continua
A very good book.
It's amazingto ralize was written several years before everybody 9/11. The plot it tells is still living matter, and it tells it beautifully. What can I say? I love this mans' work!
I have to admit I was a bit prejudeced towards books written by Anglo-Indian/Pakistan authors...
Years ago I had read The god of small things and A constant music, and I hadn't liked them.
Now I don't know if it was just me, or simply those were not the right books I needed to read to fall in love with these authors...
But when I eventually read The suitable boy, everything was different from then on. That book led me to Kureishi who I like more than Vikram Seth.
Now I'm trying to make Kureishi's books last as much as possible, I want to read them all but I want them to last!